This is, quite simply, a stunning wine, comparing favorably to any wine from any region in the world.
The Lapostolle is dry farmed in Chile on sixty year old vines by the Marnier family, the same folks who bring us Gran Marnier.
This Merlot is a splendid wine, bone dry and rich with black fruit and hints of dark chocolate. On the palate, it is almost the liquid velvet of an excellent, properly cellared Cabernet. The wine is substantial, an opulent, thick, purple-running-to-black color that is somewhat Bordeaux-like, with an earthy feel on the backside. It is till tannic enough to prove that it isn't finished yet and you may get another three years of bottle time.
Today this is a hundred dollar wine, but you can pick up a 2007 for around twenty bucks US. Memory is slippery, but I suspect TWC coughed about fifteen dollars for this wine, which was excellent out of the gate as well.
I've had wines costing four times as much that wern't nearly as good. You'll regret it when you've gotten to the dregs.
The Wine Commonsewer