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Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
  • WS91
  • W&S91
  • WE90
  • JS92
  • WE91
  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

#57 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Intense ruby red in color. Red and black fruits combine with tar and menthol undertones, together with vanilla and toast undertones from oak maturation. Concentrated, great body and structure with ripe tannins and a lingering finish.

Outstanding with grilled meats, beef or venison in a rich red wine reduction sauce.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator

Ripe and concentrated, with a broad swath of macerated currant, fig paste, espresso, loam and black licorice notes all carried by dense but integrated tannins. The finish lets sage and mint notes chime in. Best from 2010 through 2012. 40,000 cases made.

W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

From the Alto Juhuel zone south of the Maipo River, this elegant cabernet is full of herbal aromas mixed with spices that recall cardamom and black pepper. The tannins are firm but fine, maintaining tension with the fruit. For charcuterie.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

Few $20 Cabs from anywhere are going to deliver like Medalla Real does. From first impressions, which include aromas of toast, coffee, prune and devilish berry, you know it’s a good one. The feel is generous and the balance spot on, so the plum, berry, coffee and chocolate flavors have structure and support. A complete wine with length, mint and lavish tannins.

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Santa Rita

Santa Rita

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Santa Rita, , South America
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.

Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

NDF485544_2006 Item# 96420

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