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Medalla Real 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Maipo Valley, Santa Rita
The Medalla Real wines are Santa Rita's way of highlighting the superior micro-climates of Chile. Maipo Valley in an ideal setting for Cabernet Sauvignon and in fact the grapes for this wine come from their single Alto Jahuel vineyard. Mature vines and naturally low yields make the fruit concentrated and complex. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Cabernet Franc and is aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. In one of Europe's largest wine competitions, Mundis Vini this earned a Gold Medal. The Wine Spectator said about this 2009 "A medium-bodied and elegant red, with chocolate and tobacco notes to the ripe flavors of dark fruit, mocha and cola. The supple finish lingers with dried herb nuances."