Lapostolle Casa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 5% Carmenere and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Color: Clean ruby red with purple shadows.
Nose: Expressive aromas with ripe red fruits like plums, dry figs and notes of black spices.
Mouth: The palate is elegant, supported by a soft structure with fine and delicate tannins. Nice persistence.
Service and Food Pairing: Open and leave to breathe minimum for an hour and serve at 16-18°C. Ideal companion of all red meat, winter soups and of course Barbecue!
Wine Enthusiast - "A perennial Best Buy Cab. The nose is smoky and rock-solid, with clean berry fruit and muscle. The palate is lively and secure, with balance, firm tannins, proper acidity and a tasty mix of cocoa, herbs and berry fruit. Finishes on the spot."
Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. View all Lapostolle Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>2.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 1
- 4 Stars: 1
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 3
9 ratings, 6 with reviews11/29/2010absolutely horrible......bitter and never opened up at all ~!!!!Anthony D'Esposito - Valley Village, CA34/25/201039/28/201154/21/2011Mike Conza - Canton, MA31/19/2010I would have labeled this "Smooth and Supple", not "Big and Bold". This is a very nice Cab blend, for the price. The nose is clean fruit - not overpowering. On the palate, I found a nice balance of tannins and acidity. If you let it open up for an hour (in a decanter), you'll be rewarded with a long finish with slight earth tones. I only gave it three stars because I personally prefer a bigger Cab, but if you are in the market for a smooth, easy drinking-ready now Cab., all at a very reasonable price - look no further.Robert Charles - Vero Beach, FL15/26/2010A dissapointment. Quite bitter and tasteless. We were very surpised but no one at the dinner table liked it. Perhaps decant it for 1 1/2 hours. We will let the remaining case sit for a few years.Kent - Ballwin, MO23/7/2010Nice ripe backberry and strawberry flavors but a bit harsh. Perhaps it would mellow over time??42/3/2010Fruity and sweet with a slightly earthy background to the nose. After an hour at room temperature in a decanter I find this wine to have a light sweet tasting start followed by a fairly bold earthy base finishing with a slightly acidic mix of fruit that doesn't dissapear too quickly11/19/2010Was expecting a lot more out of this Chilean cab...too me it seemed lacking alot. Very light in the mouth..was expecting something a little richer.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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