By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
Our featured wine of the week, the Casa Lapostelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Chile scored 90 Points from the Wine Spectator, a very high score for wine that retails for about $12. Lapostelle wines from the Rapel Valley region of Chile are made on 3 different vineyards and produce about 200,000 cases of wine a year. Harvested by hand, this Cabernet blend is about 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenère, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah and 1% of Petit Verdot. With a complex scent and a very good complex flavor, this solidly dry medium bodied wine. This is a solid wine and we recommend it for the $12, which is an excellent price, but the 90 points from Wine Spectator is a bit much. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French Oak barrels this wine pairs well with pastas, pork and grilled red meat.
“Our Casa Cabernet is the perfect wine to celebrate with friends and family: this wine can transform a simple celebration into a memorable occasion.” Jacques Begarie, Chief Winemaker.
Region/District: Rapel Valley, Chile.
Grape Variety: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Carmenère;
2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Syrah and
1% of Petit Verdot
Growers: 75% Lapostolle vineyard in Rapel: Las Kuras in Cachapoal and Apalta in Colchagua.
25% Long term contract growers in Rapel.
Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel.
Ageing: 34% of the blend was aged in French oak
for 7 months.
Malolactic fermentation was done in barrels.
Barrel use: French Oak Barrels of 225L. 45% second use and 55% third use.
Coopers: Saury, Radoux, Taransaud,
Seguin Moreau and Sylvain.
Level of Toast: Medium mainly.
Date of Bottling: From March 2011.
Cases produced: 27.282 cases of 12 bottles of 0,75 lts.