CHILE

Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Reasons for this sudden expansion varies, but all are essential to understanding Chilean wine culture. The largest factor, and arguably most prominent, relates to the large amount of French families immigrating to Chile during the late 20th century. The French were able to share their fine tastes and experience with the native Chileans, expanding their knowledge of the wine world. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.

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  1. CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2016 "CUVEE ALEXANDRE" APALTA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BLACK LABEL

    Item #: i_378159
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 95
    The Lapostolle 2016 "Cuvee Alexandre" Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile has the bold flavors, full body, and chewy tannin that you need in a good grilling partner! It's densely flavored with ripe dark fruits and preserves, cocoa, subtle black current leaf and char notes, ending with a firm grip on the thick and juicy finish; a perfect accompaniment to high-protein dishes with bold flavors.

    Lapostolle is an impressive Chilean winery with French heritage that was created by Alexandra Lapostolle-Marnier and her husband to make high-quality wines at reasonable prices, while minimizing their impact on the environment. The "Cuvee Alexandre," named for Alexandra's great grandfather who created Grand Marnier, is from an old, anically farmed vineyard planted in the 1920s in the Colchagua region, whose climate has a lot in common with California's central coast.

    Pick up a bottle and give it a decant while your meal is cooking...we think you'll be impressed that it cost less than $20! And for that price, you might consider putting some aside in your wine cooler to try over the coming years...they will reward your patience.

    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This is wonderfully polished and refined with a sexy tannin texture that caresses your palate. Medium-to full-bodied and very refined and polished, showing such elegance, focus and roundness. Drinkable now, but better in 2021."
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  2. LAGAR DE BEZANA 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE PETIT VERDOT & SYRAH; CACHAPOAL VALLEY

    Item #: i_378614
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Alto Cachapoal is a stunning Chilean micro-terroir within the Rapel Valley located in the foothills of the Andes. The climate is Mediterranean, the soils are alluvial, and the altitude is 2,000 feet. Wines from Alto Cachapoal have intense color and aromatic concentration, a bright acidity, and restrained tannins. At Lagar de Bezana we only produce a limited amount of wine from our single vineyard. We believe that making wines is an art, which is represented through the drawings on our labels by famous Chilean artist Bororo. The owner is Rene Piantini and the winemaker is Benjamin Leiva; general manager Daniela Rojas has been President of MOVI. The modern winery is gravity-fed, and is surrounded by 130 acres of estate vines. Lagar and its winemaker were prominently featured in Wine Spectator in 2013 and in Wine Enthusiast in 2018.
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