Carmenere | Weekend Wine

Weekend Wine: Casa Lapostolle Carmenere

Casa Lapostolle Carmenère Rapel Valley Chile 2010, $13: This dry red monster is so brooding it reminds me of tar. It’s earthy, intense and complex, and has the muscle of a Ford F-150 4×4. It’s all about dark berries, plums, rosemary, red pepper and dark chocolate. A bitter note in the finish caps it off. Alcohol is a peppy 14 percent. It’s a wine meant for pot roast, big burgers, bold pastas and steaks blackened in an iron skillet. Carmenère is Chile’s signature grape variety and was often mistaken for Merlot in the vineyards. The family that founded this winery also founded and own the French liqueur Grand Marnier. Lapostolle is widely available.