Getting Chile In Here

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile.

Cabernet Cabernet Cabernet.  Oddly enough, we’ve been drinking a fair bit of Cabernet Sauvignon in the last week.  Strange, since we don’t drink much of it regularly…most of the stuff in our basement is young and needs a few years before it will be ready to drink.  This evening we chose the 2004 Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile to drink.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $19.

On the nose I found black fruit, vanilla cream, pie, black currants, blackberries, herbs, licorice, spice, and pepper.  In the mouth I got dark fruit, black cherry, black currants, herbs, espresso, raisins, and bitter notes.  I almost thought I tasted some blueberry in there too.  The wine seemed rough around the edges still and almost a bit port like on the finish.  I found it to be really tannic and in need of some time or decanting.

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