I find it interesting to look at the history of some Chilean wine producers. Some have a long history, but it often appears to be a rather sleepy one. Such is the case for Santa Rita, with a history dating back to 1880, but things really started happening there 100 years later.
Perhaps it’s just the perspective from here in the US, but it seems like Chilean wine producers really found their stride in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Regardless, I’m happy they’re doing what they’re doing now and we have access to their wines.
This chardonnay comes from the Leyda region in Chile, which is more known for sauvignon blanc and pinot noir than for chardonnay. But based on this one, I hope they start producing more chardonnay there!
Toasted almonds, peach pie, lemon and butterscotch aromas give this wine a delightful and interesting nose. The palate is tasty and quite interesting, offering lemon, salty mineral, cooked peach and cooked apple flavors. There’s a touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel. The acidity is good and the finish is moderately long. Overall, this is a pretty good chardonnay.
Wine: Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva
Average price: $14.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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