When Should You Drink A Cabernet? With This Wine, the Answer May Surprise You 1

When Should You Drink A Cabernet? With This Wine, the Answer May Surprise You

2015 Lapostolle, Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley, Chile

Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei

Young wine lovers are celebrating youth. Not just their own, but that of the wines they enjoy as well. Yes, there is still a sincere appreciation for a time-honored tradition of cellaring special wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. Unfortunately, that brings of the problem of deciding what’s the right moment. When should you drink a Cabernet? I’ve stumbled upon a wine that keeps things simple and geared toward youth.

Cabernet Sauvignon may be the least likely grape for the youth movement. Even the most approachable would be greatly improved by a few years nap in a cool, dark place. Yet, every once in a while, we come across a deliciously unpretentious wine that is palate pleasing right out of the gate.

Lapostolle Grand Selection is made with the intent to capture the freshness of the fruit, with the goal of producing wines that are “young and expressive, bright and vivid.” When should you drink a Cabernet? With this wine, the answer is now! It makes a great entry-level wine leading up to some of Lapostolle’s more serious endeavors. Their Carmenère and Bordeaux-style varietals from their Apalta vineyard in the Colchagua Valley are renowned.

About this Wine

This wine has aromas of plum, cardamom, and red berries that carry deep through the palate. There’s a pleasing balance between richness, soft tannins, and tart red acidity (think cranberries or sour cherries). The finish is round and fruit-driven with a faint wisp of roasted red pepper providing an earthy chord.

This is a perfect pairing for dining like a Chilean – grilled meats, simply prepared, garden fresh tomatoes, avocado, sweet onions, and little else. Of course, I’d also recommend spaghetti pomodoro, wood fired oven pizzas, or cedar plank grilled salmon. It’s also a great partner for tangy blue cheese or umami-rich aged Gouda.

The Verdict

I’ve enjoyed the wines of Casa Lapostolle for nearly as long as they’ve been making wine (they were founded in 1994). On the average, the Grand Selection Cabernet is available for under $15/bottle. This is a good quality wine from a well-respected region of Chile, made by a reputable producer. It’s a wonderful choice for an easy-going Cab to celebrate the everyday, to celebrate the now.


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