Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
The color is a lustrous ruby red. On the nose you'll find ripe red and black fruit aromas mingle with leather and spice, exquisitely balanced by wood notes evoking vanilla and toast. On the palate are supple tannins and a majestic structure conclude in a complex and persistent finish.
Delicious with steaks, wild game, hearty stews, casseroles and ripe, semi-creamy cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast - "A profound Cabernet from Santa Rita’s home vineyard in Alto Jahuel. The hue is dark and opaque, while the nose is deep and earthy, but also intensely fruity. Shows fine structure and a lot of black cherry and cassis. The real deal in affordable Chilean higher-end CS; offers a little of everything, from spice to herbs to olive to fine fruit. Editors' Choice"
Wine Spectator - "Very solid for the vintage, with crushed plum, fig and black current fruit woven with maduro tobacco and bittersweet cocoa. There’s a loam edge on the finish, but this stays solidly fleshy through the end."
Santa Rita Winery
Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.
In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain. View all Santa Rita Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.5 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 3
- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 8
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 1
21 ratings, 10 with reviewsToni Hill - Gibsonia, PA310/13/201133/30/201331/25/2013412/26/2012411/18/2012great!110/24/2012need to try again - bad cork310/10/201249/27/2012Consistently great Cabernet, the Medalla Real is definitely a step above the regular Santa Rita Cab.Retired Wine Guy - Lewes, DE410/1/2011
This is a very solid Cabernet for the price. It's very mellow for a Cab without the big tannin blast.John C. - Wilkes Barre, PA45/2/2012Excellent cab for the money. Great go to red for dinners @ home.25/1/2012richard hirsch - Denver, CO54/6/2012Paxter2004 - Rego Park, NY23/29/2012
- Smooth & Supple
I really wanted to like this bottle. I only ordered it because according to Wine.com it's a popular and highly rated one. Impression: the smell of toasted dry leaves and old oak overpowers any positive experience this bottle can offer. No vanilla from the oak here, just a toasty wet woody smell. On the palate the wine isn't as smooth as I thought it'd be, it was average at best. I tasted several times on 2 different days and each time it was quite different than the previous. A 9 dollar bottle at best.32/3/2012Descent wine. Smooth and delicate for a Cab. Not your bold Napa style.Nelsjustin - Denver, CO32/2/2012Erik Ostby - Chester, CT31/13/2012Steve Kosten - Golden, CO512/21/2011411/18/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Extrordinary wine. Starts out earthy/spicy and mellows over time into a big bold smooth red. Not surprised WS gave it 90 pts. A must buy.Gabriela Saldivar - Fairfield, IA510/2/2011Great... enuff saidStephan Gushue - Clarks Summit, PA38/2/2011
- Big & Bold
- Pair With
A fairly big and chewy cab. Good flavors, deep color. Npse of intense blackberry and stone fruit, including peaches and blueberries. Subtle nuances of toasted oak and brown spices. A good wine for the price and may improve with cellaring for a couple of years. While it tastes good, it struggles to find harmony on the palate. I thought the tannins were nice, my wife thougth it was too tannic and unbalanced with respect to mouthfeel. Shows good promise .
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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