Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2001:
Berries on the nose
Dark chocolate and toasty oak on the palate
This is an exceptional wine. It is dark and rich, nothing like a California Merlot. With all the richness, it also has a Bordeaux-like elegance. The silky finish says Merlot, but the wine is powerful. It shows dark color, rich flavors, and a reasonable pricetag. I paid $16/bottle on sale, regular price showing as $19. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points. As a comparison, the highest scoring domestic Merlot ever is 2001 Paloma Merlot at 96 points and $50. Generally, a domestic Merlot scoring 90 points or higher on the various 100-point scales will cost $30-60. This is a great buy from Chile! Raise a glass!