Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2006

it's not really white wine weather, but we seem to have a white wine theme this week. I do drink more white in the summer and more (and heavier) red in the winter, but sometimes the food - or the mood - just calls for a white, no matter what the temperature is outside.

So here's a white wine review from Iron Chef that I lifted from the Make a Suggestion thread. And remember, while you can post reviews on that thread, if you want you can send me a review at nbwines /at/ gmail /dot/ com - that will keep up the suspense before I post it.

Ok, here's Iron Chef's review:


The nose was full of malolactic Treatment (from Wikipedia- Malolactic fermentation (or sometimes malolactic conversion) is a process of a change used in winemaking where tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid). Aromas of Pears + Peaches reminded me of elementary school lunches of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail. Other than that the alcohol was front and centre on the nose- Hot Hot Hot.
On the Palate -again the Pears in heavy sauce and a smooth texture- like milk. Some spicy wood favours emerged- nutmeg maybe. I found that baking spice characteristic to be something that separated the wine from its peers that I have had in the past. Complex- a lot going on. And Hot Alcohol. A really enjoyable glass of wine. But not your unoaked version of the grape 4 sure.

Retail Price: $22.99
Score: 91
Value: 4/5
Region: Chile
Grape: Chardonnay
Alcool: 14.5%
Tasted: Jan 2009
UPC: 089419007213

1 comment:

  1. Chef,

    Believe it or not, Santa Rita has systematically reduced the oak influence in this wine, little by little for the last few years.