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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 10348)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A wine of style and grace. Spicy and generous, with blackberry, plum, vanilla and currant flavors, and aromas that are round and silky on the finish. Vinification occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 7 to 21 days on the skins. The wine is aged in 225-liter Nevers oak casks, one-third of which are new each year. The casks are made by Demptos of Bordeaux, which lends black currants, walnuts, and toast; by Seguin-Moreau of Cognac, which gives oak, vanillin, truffle, and chocolate; and by Luddonaise of Bordeaux, for finesse and elegance
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About Vina Santa Rita:

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.