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Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Casablanca Valley 2012
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.
Editorial Reviews for Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Casablanca Valley
More redux, light grassy top note, little sweet toasty spice, plummy, spicy with a hint of sweet spices and a suggestion of pepper. Soft on the palate and loose, aromatic in the mouth. Nice violet, mulberry fruit. Perfumed up front then not a huge finish, juicy on the back end. 85pts
Very nice vanilla laced nose, firm nose, lean fruit framed with tight grained wood tones, snappy, clear, lovely transparency, lovely precision to the fruit, blue and red fruit, lots of tannins which are a bit dry but there is an innate sweetness here, lovely purity to the fruit, aromatic length, love to see this relax, 90pts
Very precise and focused on the nose with a fine, sweet herbal edge and some cedar oak hightones framing a core of tomato and currant fruit. Smooth and moderately rich considering its mid-weight size, this covers the palate with chocolate toned plum and red currant fruit. there's a gentle, and slightly creamy, oak note here as this flows to a clean, fresh and moderately long finish with a nice pop of candied berry fruit on the finale. Shows a nice blend of sophistication and purity. 87pts
Color: Bright light yellow. Nose: Fresh and clean, sweet citrus aromas such as tangerine and pears with sweet flowers. Palate: Fresh and elegant with nice texture and good acidity. Long finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve cold at 10/12 °C (50/53 °C). The ideal companion for appetizers and seafood in general. -The Winery
Three and a half glasses
The nose shows pepper dark fruit and stones with a similar palate that leads into a dry pepper finish.
a smokiness with red raspberries coursing underneath mixed with darker berry fruit, nice spice notes, beautifully balanced with a hot finish
Raspberry, blueberry, soil, and pencil shavings on the nose. Shows a fleshy mouthfeel, with red and blue fruit up front. Some bitterness and menthol on a medium plus finish. Very young wine, but not flagrantly new world in style. There's plenty of old-school rustic earthiness to balance the fruit. Overall a decent drink the ends with a question mark.
Big and rich, fresh and juicy. Wonderful value. Strong blackberry aroma with hints of cedar and cherry. Powerful palate with continued blackberry that slowly evolves into a velvety finish. Hints of cherry and cola. Great example of a Carmenere.
The nose showed wild berries, pepper and undergrowth with a cloak of dark oak. On the palate, a dense, velvety wave of dark chocolate, blackberry and green pepper washed across the senses. The long finish showed tart berries.
External Reviews for Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Casablanca Valley
A nice forward, juicy style, with pear, fig and toast flavors kept honest by ripe acidity. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported.
Dense and solid, this is top-flight Chilean Merlot without any hints of green to drag it down. The nose deals polished oak and bright berry aromas; the palate offers a peerfect feel and impressive plum,berry,chocolate and vanilla flavors. Properly tannic and balanced.
Chunky Cab, with dark raspberry and blackberry fruit pushed by firm cocoa and toast notes. More dark, bacony toast on the finish. Solid, if a bit square in the end.
Color: Bright yellow with subtle lime notes. Nose: Tropical fruit in the nose such as mango, papaya and sweet dry fruit aromas on the back. Palate: Very round and elegant mouths feel, with good volume and acidity, followed by a long finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve at 12°C (53°F). Ideal companion for seafood, white meats or fish such as salmon and tuna. - Winery Vinification: As a general winemaking philosophy, in our Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay we look for elegance, balance and ageing potential. In 2012, we did 75% of whole cluster pressing and 25% of maceration into the press before fermenting. 83% was fermented in French barrels and 17% in stainless steel tanks. Our Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay was 100% aged in French oak barrels for 11 months (76% in new French oak barrels and 24% second use barrels). The result is a well-integrated oak with elegant structure to enhance the natural acidity and freshness of this grape. No malolactic fermentation was pursued.
92 points and a "Smart Buy," 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." (06/09)
This lovely chardonnay has a complex nose consisting of honeycomb, tropical fruit, gardenia, spice, orange, and caramel. On the palate, these aromas are confirmed with a pleasing acidity, and a long finish.
WineMaker's Tasting Notes: Color: Deep violet color with purple hints. Nose: Intense and complex nose full of aromas: white pepper and red fruit at the start, then prunes and black cherries with some hints of sweet spices. Palate: Juicy tannins with soft structure and balance; fresh fruit flavors at the finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve from 16° C (60° F) to 18° C (64° F). The ideal companion for pastas, pork and grilled red meat.
Dietary Information: Organic
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