Wine of the week

WINE OF THE WEEK

May 05, 2004|By Michael Dresser

2003 Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc, Rapel Valley ($10). This full-bodied Chilean white wine is very different from the grassy, breezy style of sauvignon blanc you might be used to. Plumper and more viscous than many a chardonnay, it ladles out heaping helpings of fig, herb, nut, melon, vanilla and honey. There's a touch of residual sugar, but it's basically a dry wine. Its powerful 14 percent alcohol is well-integrated. Not a casual sipping wine, it needs to be served with substantial, flavorful food, such as spicy Asian dishes, grilled salmon or swordfish or poultry. It's a lot of wine for $10.

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