2002 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta ($65)
Clear, opaque ruby core fading to a dark pink rim. Clean, youthful and medium-high intense nose of oak, black plums, smoky oak and cinnamon. Dry, with medium acidity, and moderately high, ripe tannins. Full-bodied, with an intense palate of vanilla oak, spicy black plums and dark, almost raisined red fruits. High yet balanced alchohol, with long length. Exellent quality merlot-based Chilean wine. Drinks well now, but could use some time - up to 10 more years of aging.