Consistently great Cabernet, the Medalla Real is definitely a step above the regular Santa Rita Cab.
Excellent cab for the money. Great go to red for dinners @ home.
Big & Bold
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.
Smooth & Supple
This is a very solid Cabernet for the price. It's very mellow for a Cab without the big tannin blast.
Descent wine. Smooth and delicate for a Cab. Not your bold Napa style.
Big & Bold
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 .
Earthy & Spicy
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.
need to try again - bad cork