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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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I had heard that this wine was a substantial notch up in quality from the regular Lapostolle Merlot, which sells for several dollars less, so I was pleased to see it belatedly turn up in our area recently. It is an impressive wine, too, and if it's more of a "fruit bomb" than a wine of real finesse, why, so much the better to score Parker Points.

Casa Lapostolle 1995 "Cuvée Alexandre" Rapel Valley (Chile) Merlot ($13.99)
Inky dark garnet, almost black. Delicious chocolate-covered-cherries in the aroma, lush fruit and spicy oak. Very full and ripe, a bowl of black-cherry fruit on the palate with chocolate and vanilla notes over plenty of lemony acidity. Big and bright and full, it's accessible and easy to quaff. I don't think I'd plan on cellaring it, though! Importer: Marnier-Lapostolle Co. Ltd., NYC. (Nov. 14, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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