2012 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Paris Wine Olympics - Gold Medal
  • 91JS Pleasure Aged Chilean Cab
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About the wine  

Medalla Real was born in 1983 in honor of Francisco García Huidobro, ancestor to the founding family of Viña Santa Rita and Marqués de Casa Real, who established the first Mint ($) in Chile. To commemorate the Bicentennial of this event, a medal was designed with his profile and the symbol of the Spanish royal crown.

In 1987, before the Maipo Valley gained global recognition, a bottle of the 1984 vintage of Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon changed the history of Chilean wine.

Defeating over 35 participants, including wines from France, Spain and California’s Napa Valley, Medalla Real became the first Chilean wine to win the Paris Wine Olympics and obtain the gold medal. This recognition, organized by the French food and wine magazine, Gault-Millau, helped position Chile internationally as a producer of high-quality wines, surpassing iconic wine production countries from the Old World. It also showcased the Maipo Valley as an area of excellence for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A new Medalla Real Gold Medal was created in commemoration of the first Chilean wine to win the Wine Olympics. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Sebastián Labbé, who produces wine that tends to show the riper side of this variety from the Maipo Valley. The Medalla Real Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon commemorates the history of its ancestors by capturing the finest characteristics of the Maipo Valley Terroir.

Aging: 14 months in used oak barrels

Tasting notes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 3% Syrah The 2012 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is now a mature wine after 7 years in bottle. The nose is rich and full of roasted fruits, dried figs and some soft spice notes. The wine has a sweet attack and a wonderful length. The mouth has intense rounded ripe tannins that create the prominent backbone that leads the wine into a long creamy dark fruit finish.

Reviews

Curious aromas of spice, leather, licorice and mint. Full to medium body, fine tannins and plenty of chocolate, toasted oak and fruit, yet very subtle and engaging. Drink now. ~91 James Suckling

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