Saturday, March 17, 2007

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Apalta Vineyard Merlot 2003 Wine Review (PB)

This Chilean Merlot is everything right about Chile's best wines. It has nice hefty color of deep garnet with a twinge of purple youth and a room filling aroma of fresh berry fruit and a nose of cedar, green pepper, ripe plum, and blackberry.

Palate is delicious with a touch of licorice, bread, ripe fruit but needs to air out to really show its stuff.

With a half hour of breathing, this is a big wine that is rich with big dark fruit , plummy with bread. There are cedar notes and a cocoa layer on nicely a balanced, solid tannic structure. This is a very nice Merlot and was wonderful with my lover's home made lasagna. The wine was a gift but the price point of this wine runs anywhere from $16 on sale to $22. It is worth the $22 so raise a glass.

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