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Casona Cordillera Merlot 2015
Colchagua Valley, Chile

Rear Window (1954)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

In one of Hitchcock’s very best films (and that’s saying something), he mixes suspense and romance, a sweet heroine, and a devious villain. What results is a film that almost everyone can agree on, an ageless entertainment that matches the well-balanced character of the finest Chilean wines, like this 2015 Merlot.

THE WINE

“The most inspiring Merlot producer I have come across in Chile is French-owned Casa Lapostolle,” writes top critic and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. And that’s in a country known for its world-class Merlot – so we’re thrilled to bring you this silky, new exclusive. Casona Cordillera is crafted with hand-selected grapes, grown in estate vineyards in the premium Colchagua Valley. Light aging in fine French oak barrels imparts a subtle touch of spice and vanilla to the ripe plum flavors. Serve at your next dinner party, alongside a juicy beef roast or succulent lamb chops.

THE ESTATE

Founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (the woman behind famous liqueur brand Grand Marnier), Casa Lapostolle quickly rose to prominence, at home in Chile and internationally. Its flagship red, Clos Apalta, sells for $80+ a bottle, has been rated a perfect 100 points by James Suckling, and landed the No. 1 spot in Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100 list. They put the same care and attention into this Merlot, made just for you.

THE REGION

GI_grapes_red_onvine_napaProtected by the Atacama desert to the north, the Andes to the east, the Pacific to the west, and Antarctica to the south, Chile is wine paradise. Decanter writes that “conditions in Chile produce a style of wine which displays the finesse and balance typical of Bordeaux.” The Colchagua Valley is the epicenter of great Chilean reds. It was recently hailed as “the new Napa Valley” by Wine Enthusiast.

WITH FOOD

stew_cassouletIf time allows, decant this silky Merlot an hour prior to serving to unleash all its complex aromas and flavors. Then, serve with a juicy beef roast or succulent lamb chops. Or, pay tribute to the estate’s French origins with cassoulet (a casserole made with white beans and pork, poultry, or mutton). A baked veggie dish starring sweet potatoes or squash would also be tasty.

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