Thursday, January 28, 2010

**+ $ Lapostolle Casa Merlot, Rapel Valley, Chile - Wine Tasting and Review

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Original Review:

By way of background: The Lapostolle Casa Merlot from Rapel Valley, Chile, is 100% merlot grapes aged for six months in small French oak barrels, and finished at 13% for the 2007 vintage.  The vineyards take their name from Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, the great grandaughter of the found of Grand Marnier.

In the glass: Lapostolle Casa Merlot shows as deep dark ruby red in the glass, opaque to within an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this merlot  brings shy, slightly old world aromas of purple plum fruit with little other complexity.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a dry, back of palate tannin-infused not-quite-ripe plum.  There is a bright purple bright-fruit-plus-acid attack on the roof of your mouth from there. 

And the finish: The finish holds in the crinkle of your cheeks from the rigorous tannins.

In summary: Overall, a potent, but young, tannic experience. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but really needs more air before we make a final determination.

Wine Spectator awarded 87 points, saying, "Smoky, with a slightly firm edge to the raspberry and dark plum fruit. Coffee and loam hints frame the finish. Drink now."

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Following three-day decant under vacuum in partially-opened bottle:  Still shy aromas; the palate has settled to a better balance.  Add a plus for its balanced, food-worthiness.

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