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Lapostolle Grand Selection Carmenere 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Brilliant red purple color. Ripe red fruit aromas such as berries with some notes of sweet spices and fresh black and white pepper. Medium structure with very nice texture. Juicy tannins and red fruit at the finish.

The ideal companion for grilled red meat and medium seasoned dishes.

Blend: 85% Carmenere, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 4% Syrah

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Carmenère—initially mistaken for Merlot in Chile and recently correctly identified via DNA testing—has taken a long time to find is rightful place in the world of wine grapes. While still developing its own stride as Carmenère, the grape variety has shown many recent success stories. The 2013 Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection is such an example of how far the grape has evolved. This wine shows a new world twist, but does not sacrifice the integrity of its old world characteristics—ripe red fruit, savory earth and dried leaves. Pair with lighter meat dishes and enjoy Carmenère as it joins the world of fine wine grapes. Drinks well now. (Tasted: August 18, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Domaines Bournet-Lapostolle (DBL) is one of Chile’s most dynamic and influential winemakers. The Lapostolle family began producing fine wine and spirits in France in 1827. In 1994, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, sixth generation family member, and her husband Cyril de Bournet, were one of the first to see the potential of Apalta Valley’s terroirs in Chile for producing high quality red varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. In 2005, DBL’s icon wine Clos Apalta made history by becoming the first and only South American wine to date to ever be ranked #1 of the famous Top100 of Wine Spectator. Alexandra and Cyril were joined by their son, Charles de Bournet, in their simple as ambitious goal: to create world-class wines using French winemaking philosophy and the superb terroirs of Apalta. Charles has done extensive work in introducing Syrah and Rose varietals, such as Cinsault and Grenache, terroirs analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Apalta. World renowned winemaker, Michel Rolland, has been consulting at DBL since the beginning and works with Charles to produce wines that express the family’s taste and the unique terroirs of Apalta.

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Touching the Pacific in the west and stretching up into the Andes on its eastern side, the Rapel Valley is one of the more substantial fine red wine producing regions of Chile and contains both the Colchagua Valley in its south and west and the Cachapoal in its north and east. While it is recognized for its exceptional warm-climate reds, the region does produce some fine Pinot noir and Sauvignon blanc on its coastal side.

Some of the country’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Rapel’s Andean foothills—with significant individualized smaller zones already identified. Soils here are mixtures of loam, clay, and sand; Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, and Merlot are the most prolific varieties throughout the region.

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Dark, full-bodied and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère found great success with its move to Chile in the mid-19th century. However, the variety went a bit undercover until 1994 when many plantings previously thought to be Merlot, were profiled as Carménère. Somm Secret— Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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