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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Carmenere 2007

Carmenere from Chile
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Winemaker Notes

Color: Deep dark red with purple hints.

Nose: Intense black fruit aromas, blackcurrant and black pepper combined with delicate notes of sage, tobacco and Provence herbs. spices come back at the finish to add complexity.

Mouth: soft tannins with a firm body. Well balanced structure, good acidity and long aftertaste.

Service and Food Pairing: ready to drink now or cellar for several years. Decant and serve at 16-18°. Ideal companion meats and elaborate dishes.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator

Quite toasty, with cocoa powder and espresso notes up front, followed by muscular macerated currant and fig fruit flavors mingling with a maduro tobacco hint. The long, fleshy finish has a nice graphite edge lurking underneath. Needs to settle in, but should age nicely. Drink now through 2010. 800 cases made.

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Lapostolle

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Lapostolle, , South America
Lapostolle
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 objective is as simple as... View More

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