Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2008

Carmenere from Chile, South America

$19.99
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Item No. 104589
  • red wine
  • W&S90
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine has a deep and intense ruby red color. Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere has a complex bouquet that combines fresh black fruits and spicy notes with elegantly defined oak to heighten the wine's chocolate and vanilla characteristics. A big and flavorful wine that is concentrated and and persistent with elegant tannins.

Delicious with steak, barbecue, venison, game birds, and ripe blue cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"The herbal notes so characteristic of carmenère appear on the palate, harmoniously melding with notes of cherries, floral details and toasty scents of oak. This is a deeply flavored carmenère with great softness. "
90 Points

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Rating:
(2/6/2013)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Very earthy, mellow aftertaste and great with short ribs
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Rating:
(3/16/2013)
A true mess of a wine. Color looks like earth, and tastes like it too. Unlike other Carmeneres, this one (in my opinion) lacks the flavorful bouquet, the fruitful taste, or a smooth finish. For the price, $20+, there are better options, and definitely better Carmeneres out there. This one is barely meeting the cooking wine category in my book.
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Zhlmsd - Boston, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/17/2013)
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Learn About Santa Rita Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Chile

(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....

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Learn About Carmenere

Carmenere(car-men-YEHR) Chilean Jewel Carmenere is yet another grape that was eventually exiled from the Bordeaux blend. In the late 1800's, Carmenere was brought over to Chile from France, and it never turned back. For a while, Chilean growers thought this grape was Merlot and labeled their wines as such. But in the early nineties, thanks to DNA...

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