2016 Santa Rita Medalla Real Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon

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  •  Paris Wine Olympics - Gold Medal
  • 91WE Pleasure Cab
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About the wine  

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.

It is precisely to commemorate this milestone that is decided to launch Medalla Real Gold Medal, a Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Sebastián Labbé, which looks to bring the best of the Maipo Valley to the consumer.

Aging: 14 months in used oak barrels

Tasting notes: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. The 2016 Medalla Real Gold Medal has a very deep purple ink color. The nose is rich and full of dark blue fruit like blueberries, blackberries, dried figs and some soft spice notes. The wine has a sweet attack and a rich mid palate. The mouth has intense rounded ripe tannins that create the prominent backbone that leads the wine into a long creamy dark fruit finish.

Reviews

Woodsy berry and plum aromas are peppery and spicy, while this Cabernet from a very wet year feels plump and fleshy but low on acidity and thus short on kick. Chunky plum and berry flavors finish with dry tannins and leafy flavor notes that are common for Chile. Drink through 2022. ~91 Wine Enthusiast 

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