2019 Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre - Apalta Vineyard' Carménère Valle de Colchagua
Winemaker Notes: ISourced from our own vineyards, Cuvée Alexandre wines express our dedication to quality and the expressions of the Terroir of Lapostolle.
Apalta is located 170 Kilometers South West of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for our vines and a slow ripening for the grapes. Apalta has special meso-climate that is different from the rest of Colchagua Valley. Its climate could be described as Semi-dry Mediterranean; with a winter only rainy season and a long dry summer season.
To express the terroir of Apalta is our mission, so our winemaking philosophy remains a very natural process with minimal intervention. Our key points are 100% hand harvesting in small cases of 14 kilos and strict fruit selection by optical state of the art grape selection by Vistalys. A gentle extraction and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves. All fermentations were made with native yeasts.
Tasting Notes: Color: Intense purple red Nose: Complex, with red and black fruit such as maqui berry and spices such as red pepper, vanilla and dill. Palate: Wide, of medium acidity and round tannins with fruit such as sarsaparilla and maqui berry. Medium long finish.
Food Pairing: Decant and serve at 16°C (60°F). Ideal for dishes such as rabbit roulade with mint and apricot or four-cheese pasta with truffles with grated truffles.
James Suckling - "Intense Carmenere aromas of crushed dark berries and cherries with dried flowers that follow through to a medium to full body with firm, silky tannins and a racy finish."
Vinous - "The 2019 Carménère Cuvée Alexandre is blended with 12% Syrah and aged for 16 months in 10% new barrels. Purple in hue. The ripe aromatic profile features blackberry jam plus herb and white pepper notes over dried leaves. The palate is voluminous and expansive with a diminished freshness to which the tannins offer a little depth. A pleasant wine."
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