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Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at Costco
Santa Rita “Medalla Real” 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley – $14.49 Costco
The Chilean wine region is producing some stunning Cabernet Sauvignon wines at very reasonable prices. I sampled two Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines this past week and plan to sample more in the coming weeks. My top pick of the two Chilean Cabernets is this well-balanced wine from the Santa Rita winery. I really enjoyed drinking this wine over the course of our dinner. It is a complex wine with many different characteristics. It has flavors of black fruit and an elegant feel in the mouth. I think this wine will go nicely with meals ranging from chicken dishes to a big juicy barbequed steak. 89 Points
Primus 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley – $14.99
The main difference between these two wines can be described in one word, “elegance.” The Primus wine overall has good characteristics and in many ways tastes similar to the Medalla Real. The big difference is in the mouth feel. The Primus lacks that fine finesse in the mouth that makes you want to savor the wine as long as possible before swallowing. Both Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator rate this wine at 90 Points. I say it’s more like an 88-point wine.
In October of 2012 I had the opportunity to attend a Chilean wine tasting and seminar in San Francisco. The seminar topic was an introduction to a new designation on the Chilean wine labels. The Medalla Real wine is from the Maipo Valley and the Primus is from the Colchagua Valley. In the future the labels may not say Maipo or Colchagua, but will designate the geographic location from west to east. The three new designated areas are Costa, Entre Cordilleras, and Andes Appellations. For more details on the Chilean wine regions check this article. You can also watch this YouTube video I shot of Chilean Felipe Muller East of Vina Tabali describing the new viticultural zones and how they came about.
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