Saturday, July 15, 2006

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Apalta Vineyard Merlot 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Fragrant berry nose with a layer of black cherry
Juicy, rich core
Long, earthy finish with cocoa, licorice, and cassis

Merlot from South America can be completely different than elsewhere. This is not your father's Merlot, by any means. It has lots of interesting layers and has a rich, earthy quality that makes it unique. It tastes fresh and lively, too.

I paid $21 for this wine, as it's gone up in price steadily in recent years. For a high quality Merlot, though, it's not overly expensive. We paired it with Lebanese food, and it did just fine. Raise a glass!

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