Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah 2009
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Wine EnthusiastExotic, attractive aromas of blueberry, cardamom and sandalwood get this Syrah off on the right foot. It feels concentrated and jacked up, with fully ripe, creamy flavors of blackberry, cassis and pastry. This is a chewy, layered, dense and jammy New World Syrah ready to drink now-2014.
Wine SpectatorA luscious red, offering a violet aroma and flavors of dark plum, dried beef, anise and dried blackberry. Presents minty notes midpalate, with a long finish, revealing chewy tannins behind the sandalwood and toast accents. Drink now through 2017. 1,248 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2009 Cuvee Alexandre Syrah Apalta is aged in French oak barriques for 22 months. The nose is lacking a little presence, perhaps a little subdued by the oak, at the expense of expressing varietal character. The palate is oaky on the entry with grippy, dry tannins and a slight attenuation towards the finish. This is a case of a wine trying too hard. Drink 2013-2017.
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