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20 Merlot-Cuvee Alexandre-Casa Lapostolle 2005

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Color: Brilliant ruby red color with purple hints. Nose: Very expressive nose of fresh red fruit such as cherries and plums. Palate: Good structure with polished, elegant and juicy tannins. Medium body and a long finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve from 16¡C (60¡F) to 18¡C (64¡F). The ideal companion for pastas, medium seasoned dishes and white meats such as pork and chicken.

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Lapostolle:
Lapostolle was founded by the legendary family behind Grand Marnier. Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle brought French winemaking practices to Chile, where she was a pioneer in leading the development of fine quality wines. The winery uses organic and biodynamic practices, and the wines are consistently rated 90+ points. Most recently, Wine Enthusiast named Lapostolle “New World Winery of the Year” in 2008.
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Member Reviews for 20 Merlot-Cuvee Alexandre-Casa Lapostolle

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Snooth User: evaem
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4.00 5
01/26/2009

i bought this wine because it was Wine Spectator's number one wine for 2008, and i have to say i was a great wine, *but* not really my style. it was very well-balanced, smooth drinking with substantial fruit, but felt "over the top". it was a little too bold, too concentrated, and the oak was too much for my taste. perhaps i would love it with another 5 years of age.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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2.50 5
05/28/2010

Mild wood and berry scent. Mildly tart fruit flavor. Dry with a slight powdery finish.


Snooth User: lingprof
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4.50 5
02/02/2010

Fabulous, esp for the price! Interesting, bright fruit nose, followed by a dark, almost malbec-like effect on the palate. I think I would have guessed "Chile" for this, even if I didn't know. A great wine with food. Smooth and delicious.


Snooth User: winolee
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3.50 5
03/05/2008

This bottle makes an excellent decanting study. Knowing that this had a rating of WE 91 and WA 88, I was very surprised on how much I disliked it when I popped and poured. Smelling the cork, I already sensed a huge presence of alcohol. The smell of alcohol overpowered the faint nose of sour cherries. It had a very short lived red currant presence, then huge oak, tannins, heat, and bitterness. I then let it sit, and sipped after 2 hrs, then 5 hrs. I should say that it got better the longer it sat out. After 5 hrs, you get a nose of raisins and red currant. Some black pepper as well. It tastes of unripe black fruit, cedar, spices, smoke, earth. Mild tannins, pretty full bodied for a merlot. Pretty complex - it will take your tastebuds for a ride. The finish is long but a bit on the hot side. Although Snooth has it at $12, I got it at Costco for $16. This is pretty serious and old world for a Chilean wine. Please serve with serious food, and....DECANT!!!


Snooth User: CalKid
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3.00 5
11/25/2009

This refers to the 2006. This was ok. It really jumps right out of the bottle onto the pallet. Fully of fruit, medium body. Highish on the alcohol (14.5%)

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  • Snooth User: Manoavino
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    0.00 5
    05/04/2010

    The wine has a luminous light yellow color that glistens in the glass. There is plenty of tropical fruit, pineapple and peach on the nose with flavors of delightful citrus fruit and white flower and a touch of asparagus. There is some oak but this is not the overwhelming woody California style Chard. It is more French in nature with the fresh flavors that come from the rich terroir of this South American wine. It is full and mouth filling with sensuous acidity and a long finish. I also love the sexy new label.


    Snooth User: Averys2nds
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    4.00 5
    11/08/2010

    Tried this once at Mo and Rich's house and don't really remember it standing out...perhaps we drank it too soon because as of last month Mo and Rich both raved about it. Currently have a bottle "aging" and will update this once we drink it. No comment from Pants.


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    External Reviews for 20 Merlot-Cuvee Alexandre-Casa Lapostolle

    External Review
    04/13/2010

    The 2005 Clos Apalta Limited Release is composed of 42% Carmenere, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-colored, the nose reveals notes of pain grille, mineral, spice box, and plummy black and blue fruits. This leads to a layered, nearly opulent wine with gobs of savory, spicy black fruits, excellent balance, and superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for 4-6 years and be at its best from 2013 to 2025.


    External Review
    02/06/2010

    Ripe, with medium-weight black cherry, plum and briar flavors. Shows toast too, but the fruit lingers nicely on the finish. Drink now.


    External Review
    06/29/2010

    Cuveé Alexandre Merlot 2005 - Casa Lapostolle: Cuveé Alexandre Merlot 2005 - Rotwein von Casa LapostolleDer Casa Lapostolle Cuveé Alexandre Merlot ist enorm frisch und fruchtig. Sehr angenehm sind Pflaumen und Tabak zu spüren. Im Glas sehen wir ihn in einem tiefen Rubinrot mit violetten Reflexen am Glasrand. Er beeindruckt durch ein reichhaltiges Bukett von Kirschen und Brombeeren, neben Tabak, einer Spur Schokolade und würzigen Eichenaromen. Auch am Gaumen zeigen sich intensive Aromen von reifen roten Früchten wie Pflaumen und Kirschen, zusammen mit Nussaromen und einem sehr gut integrierten Holzton, der ein wenig an Vanille und süße Gewürze erinnert. Er zeichnet sich aus durch Komplexität, eine gute Struktur in Bezug auf Säure und Körper sowie durch reife und weiche Tannine. Sein langer Nachhall ist ebenfalls geprägt von der guten Struktur und weist auf Reifepotenzial. Zu Rehrücken mit Pilzen und dunkler Sauce und rosa gebratener Entenbrust schmeckt er noch besser.Weingut: Casa LapostolleLand: ChileRegion: Valle de RapelRebsorten: 85% Merlot, 15% CarmenereAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol. %Restsüße: trockenInhalt: 0,75 lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18°CFassreife: in Barriques gereift (12 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: 5 - 7 Jahre ab JahrgangAuszeichnungen des Casa Lapostolle Cuveé Alexandre Merlot 2005:Mundus Vini Silberwine spirits 92 Punkte - Winespectator 87 PunkteWine Spectator's Insider - 90 Punkte Rotwein > Chile > Valle de Rapel


    External Review
    Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
    11/12/2013

    Tiefrote Farbe mit violetten Nuancen. Intensives Bouquet von roten Früchten, mit frischen Noten von Rosmarin, weissem Pfeffer und süsslicher Würze. Durch die Eiche bestechen feine Vanillearomen mit einem Hauch von Muskat. Am Gaumen angenehm fruchtige und weiche Tannine, gefolgt von frischer Säure und einem lang anhaltenden Abgang.


    External Review
    02/24/2010

    Casa Lapostolle Cuveé Alexandre Pinot Noir 2005: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (18 Monate), lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Casablanca ValleyWeingut: Casa LapostolleRebsorte: 100% Pinot NoirRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Rotwein


    External Review
    Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
    04/21/2010

    In der Nase elegant, reichhaltig und komplex. Der Gaumen ist weich und konzentriert mit einer schönen Frische, gefolgt von einem langen, eleganten Finish.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 91It doesn't take an expert to quickly realize that this is a fine Cabernet. The nose deals potent black cherry and char, while airing unleashes a subtle perfume and floral notes. In the mouth, there's ripe berry flavors and chocolate, while late in the game the tannins stay smooth but tight. A congruent wine with no flaws. Ready now or ageable for a couple of years.Wine Tasting NotesA full-bodied and expressive red, with plenty of berry, red plum and chocolate-spice flavors. There are nice mineral and cedar notes mixed in, with fine tannins on the finish.


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    Color: Brilliant ruby red color with purple hints. Nose: Very expressive nose of fresh red fruit such as cherries and plums. Palate: Good structure with polished, elegant and juicy tannins. Medium body and a long finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve from 16¡C (60¡F) to 18¡C (64¡F). The ideal companion for pastas, medium seasoned dishes and white meats such as pork and chicken.

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