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Lapostolle Carmenere 750ml
Sku: 39972
A long, slow ripening period is the key to top quality Carmenère, the once “lost” grape of Bordeaux (where it famously partnered with Cabernet Franc in its pre-phylloxera heyday), and, feli ...more
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Country: Chile
Grape Varietal: Carmenere
Type: Still wine
Reg. $11.99
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A long, slow ripening period is the key to top quality Carmenère, the once “lost” grape of Bordeaux (where it famously partnered with Cabernet Franc in its pre-phylloxera heyday), and, felicitously, the Rapel Valley’s warm, dry days and cool nights furnished Chile’s now-signature varietal the ideal growing conditions. Casa Lapostolle, founded in 1994 by French spirits giant Marnier Lapostolle, has taken full advantage to produce this luscious ambassador for Chilean terroir and French winemaking skill. An intense purple, Carmenère gives up aromas of chocolate, tobacco, and white pepper, while on the palate it combines some of Merlot’s meaty plumpness and Cabernet Sauvignon’s gently herbaceous notes with its own inherent spiciness. Indeeed, 5% Syrah and 6% Merlot have been added to the blend for extra red fruit and roundness. Finally, only 21% of the wine was aged in French oak, giving it extra complexity without dialing back on the full fruit flavors. Chileans drink it with grilled beef and cilantro sauce, but Tex-Mex cuisine or a suitably-seasoned Mediterranean vegetable ragout would work as well.