|Casa Lapostolle (Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
This wine from the French influenced Casa lapostolle comes from the Rapel Valley, and it spent 12 months in small French oak barrels, around 15% of which were new. The colour is a dense crimson, and the nose offers a lovely mélange of ripe black fruit, tobacco and an earthy, cedary finesse. On the palate it is powerful and mouthfilling, with sinewy, serious, bitter-edged black fruit like cherry skins and damson plums, with plenty of acidity and a spine of tight tannins. The oak does soften the edges, adding some volume and voluptuousness, filling in the finish with toasty and spicy hints. This wine packs a lot of character and style for a modest price. Very good indeed / excellent. £6.99 Selfridges, everywine, Harrods, Bentalls, Chas Hennings, Goedhuis, barrelsandbottles, Cambridge Wine Merchants.