Jack Tipple’s Lapostolle Wine Tasting 11/18/2019
Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance at Tipple’s or by phone (352-672-6303). Space is very limited so sign up soon! Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! You will be consuming delicious wines, please arrange for a safe ride home.
In addition to the featured wines, your admission includes a light Hors d’Oeuvres & a Riedel Wine glass.
The Featured Wines
Lapostolle Grande Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018: Pale yellow with green edges. Very expressive with aromas of fresh herbs and cucumber, white fruit such as pears along with floral notes. Balance and fresh mid palate with good volume and a long lasting finish.Pairs well with an aperitif, clams with cheese, lemon and coriander and jam and melon salad.
92 Points James Suckling: Pretty depth of fruit with dried apples and peaches. Medium to full body, lovely depth of dried white peaches and a delicious finish.
Lapostolle Grande Selection Chardonnay 2016: Brilliant yellow with golden hues. Intense aromas of fruits such as pineapple, green apple and lemongrass. Good volume and refreshing acidity, slightly creamy texture with a mineral touch adding complexity and long lasting finish. Ideal companion for fish and seafood in general. Dishes such as such as crab pie or a Southern Rays bream with shrimp’s sauce or a steak tartare with some lemon juice would be perfect.
91 Points James Suckling: Cherry blossom, preserved lemons and a touch of yellow apples. Medium-to-full body, no shortage of fresh citrus fruit that’s supported by plenty of fresh acidity.
90 Points Wine & Spirits: Here’s a broad, rich white that holds some tension, keeping the pale golden-yellow fruit feeling brisk. Floral notes come up as the initial smokiness turns to a woodsy character, clean and lasting.
Lapostolle Le Rouge 2014: Color: Intense and deep red with violet edges. Nose: Aromas of red and black fruits such as sour cherry and berries along with spicy notes. Palate: Good fruit expression with soft tannins delivering an extra dose of elegance. Blend: 28% Syrah, 23% Carmenère, 22% Merlot y 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015: Ruby red in color with a cherry edge, this wine offers aromas of red fruit, such as cherries and strawberry, with fresh herb notes and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, it is silky, elegant and medium-bodied, with flavors of plum and cherry. Enjoy with homemade pastas such as beetroot capeletti stuffed with cheese and pistachios or turkey panzotti and bolognesa sauce.
93 Points James Suckling: Aromas of coffee, berry and chocolate. Hints of berry and tar. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. Drink now or hold.
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2016: Intense and deep red in color, this wine offers expressive and intense aromas of cassis and black currant. On the palate, it is elegant with round and persistent tannins, with fresh cherry and a light toast flavor. Great with lamb shank with herbs or pork fillet with mustard and honey.
94 Points James Suckling: I love how the leafy complexity of dried sage, pine cones and forest floor combines with earth and paprika, but then with very fresh fruit, such as blueberries and citrus. Medium to full body, chewy and grainy tannins and a bark-laden finish.
93 Points Tim Atkins: “Old vine fruit from two parcels – one on the slopes and one on the plain – supply the grapes for this rich, dense, yet focused cuvée of Carmenère with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing less oak than in the past, this has classic chocolate and tobacco spice notes and a fresh finish.
90 Point Robert Parker: The 2016 Cuvée Alexandre Carmenère has some 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s surprisingly fresh and clean, remarkable for a difficult harvest, especially for the late-ripening varieties. It has fine-grained tannins and rich flavors. This feels like a great improvement over previous years, and it also has less oak; they now buy used barrels from Clos Apalta.
Lapostolle Cuvee Aledandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: Intense and deep red color with purple edges. Expressive and intense with cassis and black currant aromas. Elegant with round and persistent tannins, with fresh cherry along with a light toast flavor. Pair with high flavor dishes such as lamb shank with herbs or pork fillet with mustard and honey. Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Franc.
94 Point James Suckling: A very complex cabernet with violet, blackcurrant and lavender character. Some mint. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a cedar and hazelnut finish. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
91 Point Robert Parker: The 2015 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with a field blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted in 1920 in Apalta. It’s a classical expression from Colchagua, with some fennel notes and abundant but fine-grained tannins and good length.
91 Point Wine Spectator: Juicy, with good cut to the dark cherry, dried blueberry and kirsch flavors, supported by fresh acidity. Coffee bean notes come in midpalate, with dark chocolate accents on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
91 Point Wilfred Wong: COMMENTARY: The Lapostolle Cuvée Alexander Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s unmatched values. The 2015 vintage exhibits all of the best traits of the grape variety at a fraction of many of the most known global growing regions. TASTING NOTES: This wine is substantial and finely balanced. Its aromas and flavors of black fruits, savory spices, and oak nuances should pair it well with oven-baked short ribs.
Lapostolle Clos Apalta Estate Bottled 2010: #42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014 and the 2005 vintage of this wine was #1 on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2008 Dark and deep inky purple red color. Still young, but opening on the nose towards ripe and expressive red and black fruit, such as plums, red cherries, dry figs and blueberries. Also, spices such as vanilla, clover and white pepper. With a concentrated structure, this wine has a round and packed attack followed by velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a ripe and rich long lasting finish. Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for minimum 1 hour and enjoy at room temperature; 16 to 18ºC (60 to 65°F). This wine is an ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich cocoa chocolate deserts. Blend: 71% Carmenere, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot
97 Point James Suckling: The aromas in this wine are phenomenal with slate, blackberry, blue granite and lead pencil. Violet too. Full body, with seamless tannins and dense and reserved structure. It needs about three or four years to soften. 100% new wood and aged 26 months. From 71% carmenere, 15% cabernet sauvignon, and 11% merlot. From biodynamically grown grapes.
94 Point Wine Spectator: Big and rich, this red is filled with powerful flavors of blackberry, dark currant, black olive and dark chocolate that are built on an ironclad frame. Notes of cocoa powder and cream chime in as well, and the muscular finish lingers with hints of savory herb. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2022.
93 Point Wine Enthusiast: Alluring aromas of cigar box, cedar shavings, olive and berry fruits are magnetic with this Carmenère-led blend. In its youth, it is pushy and vibrant in the mouth. Flavors of tobacco, chocolate and leafy, lightly herbal berry fruits finish smooth, long and with just enough acidic cut. Drink through 2022.
92 Point Wilfred Wong: The 2010 Lapostolle Clos Apalta is quite a luxurious red wine. Layered, with loads of ripe fruit and oak, this wine shows plenty of tannins still. The wine’s lasting richness makes it a superb candidate with well-charred beef. Drinking well now.