1995 Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay, Rapel Valley ($10).This...

Wine of the week

January 25, 1998|By Michael Dresser

1995 Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay, Rapel Valley ($10).

This ripe, lush, well-rounded chardonnay is a vivid example of how far Chilean winemaking has come in the last decade. When you taste wines with such outstanding balance, polish and complexity, it's hard to believe that Chilean white wine was a joke just a few years ago. The Lapostolle shows well-integrated flavors of baked apple, lemon, vanilla and spices. It's a wine to serve with salmon or ham. Lapostolle also makes very good merlot, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc, but this is the best of its current nonreserve releases.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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