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Friday, January 16, 2009

2006 Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay

This Chilean Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley D.O. is perhaps the best example of Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Chile. If blind tasted I would have had trouble thinking this wine wasn't from California with it's shinning fruit purity and creamy oak depth. This wine was produced using 60% stainless steel fermentation to maintain its fruit and freshness; and the remaining 40% was fermented in 30% new French oak barrels.

On the nose this wine presents aromas of lemon zest and tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya, and mango, and is also accompanied by a brilliant touch of oak that is creamy and buttery. On the palate the wine comes across in a rich style with toasted oak and great fruit balance. Papaya, mango, and creamy lemon are just a few of the complexities that are expressed in a crisp and focused style, that comes across in rich fashion without being viscous or globby in nature. It not often I find Chardonnay in this rich of a style that has the crisp acid and focus on fruit purity. This is truly an eye opener and probably the best Chilean Chardonnay I have tasted to date. Major kudos to Santa Rita! 91+ points
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