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Lot 112 | South American Superstars
With this lot, we take you to the South America, where Bordeaux varietals and winemaking meets Argentinian and Chilean soils. These large format bottles from these illustrious producers will have you exclaiming “¡que deliciosa!”
Viña Almaviva is the brainchild of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Don Alfonso Larraín, Chairman of Concha y Toro. Their partnership bore a fine Franco-Chilean wine: Chile offers its soil, its climate, and its vineyard, while France brings its winegrowing traditions and expertise.
Catena Zapata, was once called Argentina’s equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild by Robert Parker. Today, the Catena family’s fourth generation leads the high-altitude renaissance in Argentina. The origins of the old vines, called “The Catena Cuttings,” is a prephyloxeric Massale Selection from the Catena Family Angélica Vineyard. Nicolás Catena Zapata is justly credited with putting Argentinean wines on the world map—by the best expedient of focusing entirely on quality.
Dubbed as Chilean Grand Crus, Clos Apalta is the ambitious project by Grand Marnier heiress Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bourne. Continually showered in accolades (Numerous 100 point ratings and Wine Spectator #1 Wine of the year in 2008, to name a few), Clos Apalta was awarded its own Denomination of Origin to recognize the microclimate setting it apart from the surrounding Colchagua Valley.
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Viña Almaviva 2012 (3L)
>> A young red that shows dark and intense fruits overflowing from the glass with aromas that diffuses into spices, nuts and iron. Also dusty like the vineyards of Puente Alto on a hot summer’s afternoon. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous wet clay, currant and blackberry aftertaste. Very refined and pretty texture. (96 JS)
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2019 (1.5L)
>> This is made from over 100-year-old vineyards and offers blackberries with blue fruit and dark chocolate. Shows bark and black truffle undertones, too. Tight and more focused than in past vintages. The quality of the tannins is more precise and fine. Blackberries and black truffles at the end. (99 JS)
Clos Apalta 2018 (1.5L) (not pictured)
>> So aromatic and fresh with dried flowers, sweet tobacco and hints of straw. Red fruit, cloves and green peppercorns. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins that are very fresh and refined. Fine, silky and beautiful. Hints of minerals and granite to the dark fruit. Such gorgeous length and beauty. Extremely long and poised. Cooler wine. From biodynamically grown grapes. (98 JS)
Donated by Catena Zapata, Clos Apalta, Loren Chumley & Scott Peterson