Carmenère from Chile

I’ve been dabbling in Argentine wines lately, so I decided to scoot over the border to Chile for tonight’s vino of choice. During my last visit to Total Wine, I grabbed a 2013 Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Carmenère.

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Lapostolle Wines winery is located in Cunaco, Chile, near the town of Santa Cruz. It is the original winery where Lapostolle was founded in 1994 and is where the Cuvée Alexandre, Lapostolle, and Borobo wines are currently produced. With a traditional Chilean hacienda style, it has a production capacity of 3,300,000 liters in stainless steel and French oak tanks and over 3,500 barrels of French oak.

Lapostolle Wines was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. Alexandra is part of a renowned family that has been producing high-quality spirits and wines for generations. After visiting Chile, Alexandra and Cyril not only fell in love with the Colchagua Valley, but they also discovered the potential of the country to produce premium wines due to its geographical characteristics. They wanted to create world class wines using the French experience and utilizing the terroirs of Chile. Today, the company owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards (Casablanca, Cachapoal, and Colchagua) and produces a total of 200,000 cases annually, with wines being distributed in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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This wine is from Valle del Rapel, Chile, and is a blend of 85% Carmenere, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, and and 4% Syrah. It has a deep red color with a smidge of purple. The wine sticks nicely to glass and slowly trickles down, like my work week. It has a deep spice aroma with juicy dark fruit. It’s got a body on it with blackberry, pepper, and spice notes. There’s also juiciness to it with tannins. I bought it at Total Wine, but couldn’t find it online so I forgot the price. I paired it with roasted pork pasta, one of my husband’s weekday dinner creations. I see it online for about $13, so it’s a great value. 3/5. Cheers!

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