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A Sip Of South America

Dec 5, 2011
A Sip Of South America
A visit to Casa Silva and Lapostolle

colchagua_valleySome Chilean wines may come at bargain prices, but the top Chilean wineries are nothing if not, well, top-notch. Case in point, two of Colchagua Valley’s finest.

CASA SILVA has a long history as a family vineyard—since the 19th century, in fact. You’ve every reason to spend your afternoon at the luxury restaurant and hotel on-site. Your first wine there could be the Altura, a carmenere that’s beautifully aromatic and has dark fruit flavors.

For all-out palate extravagance, look for the wines of LAPOSTOLLE. The winery is owned by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle. (Yes, that’s Marnier as in Grand Marnier, the liqueur.) An in-person visit is the way to go to experience an exquisite lunch and to appreciate the beautiful grounds and architecture. But you can also experience these wines right in your own living room, since they are easy to find in the United States. The CASA LAPOSTOLLE Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($17) is terrific with steak. Or you could splurge, and buy CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta 2009 (Colchagua Valley) ($78) which has deep fruit and an ultra velvety texture.

Whether you visit Chile literally—or just visit it via a wine glass—you’ll find these two estates will knock you out with the deliciousness of their wines.

 

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Tags: Chilean wine, Colchagua Valley, Casa Silva, Lapostolle

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My favorite Chilean wine is Don Melchor from Concha y Toro. It's consistently scored in the low to mid-90s and stands up to many $100 cabernets at a fraction of the price.

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