2006 Santa Rita "Medalla Real" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Impressively complex bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, lead pencil, tobacco and sexy oak spices. Sweet and incisive, offering vivid raspberry and cassis flavors, with suave cola and baking spice qualities gaining strength with air. The spiciness persists through the long, sappy finish, adding cut to the sweet dark fruit. This is balanced to age." (Mar/Apr '09) 90 points 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." (05/09) Ripe red and black fruit aromas mingle with leather and spice, exquisitely balanced by wood notes evoking vanilla and toast. Supple tannins and a majestic structure conclude in a complex and persistent finish. This hearty, delicious red is great with steaks, wild game, hearty stews, casseroles and ripe, semi-creamy cheeses. 91 points 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." (05/09)

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 By: Michael Berry |  Review Date: 2/14/2010 
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A big wine with lots of prune, chocolate and blackberry up front, followed by a mouthful of oak tannins. Next time I'll let it open a bit in the decanter before serving but I couldn't wait. Should age very well. Drank this one with dinner on Valentine's day, along-side a pan sauteed beef tenderloin rolled in cracked pepper, garlic and sea salt, topped with sherry mushrooms and heavy cream...terrific combination. Highly recommend.

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 1/10/2010 
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Balanced, with plum and mint, medium tannins. An enjoyable Cab for a good price.

 By: Gundam |  Review Date: 12/28/2009 
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Solid cab, agreeable taste and agreeable price.
Drink from 2009 to 2013

 By: Heathcliff Rothman |  Review Date: 10/28/2009 
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We were really impressed with this wine. We found it jammy, fruit-forward, dense, complex and really good. We're usually disappointed, truthfully, because we try to navigate between maximum taste and moderate price, but this one delivers more than most

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.