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Friday, October 19, 2012

Santa Rita 2008 Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Rita Gran Reserva Cab

After California, where do you next turn for a tasty Cabernet? How about Chile?

Following a recent charity event in Bowling Green where I did a shift as emcee, we stopped into Sam B’s for a bottle of wine. My jokes were not greeted with uproarious laughter as expected. Here’s an example of one of the jokes: “I’m planning on opening an auto repair shop – I already have the air.”

As you can tell, some wine was needed. Scanning the wine list I found this nice Cab from Chile’s Maipo Valley.  We’ve recently been enjoying Chilean Cabs and the great flavor they deliver at a surprisingly low price point.

Our friend Gary has a political beef with the government of Argentina, but really likes the economic policies of Chile, so the Santa Rita was an easy choice.

The fruity nose was burbling out of the glass and the first sip declared that this was indeed a full-bodied Cab with bushels of flavor. Flavor notes of black cherry and blackberry are woven with herbal tracers. Tannins are well integrated providing a nice framework for a smooth mid-palate and a long lingering finish.

If only my audience at the fundraiser had a glass or two of the Medalla Real, they would have been delighted with my wit!

The bottle cost $39 off the wine list. It retails for about $18 to $20. This is recommended highly.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 4.5 of 5

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