Santa Rita 120 Hero&

Santa Rita 120 Hero's Salute Red Blend
(Chile) - [W&S 90]

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Brand and blend
Santa Rita's internationally popular, best-selling "120" Series of varietal wines recalls the heroes of a pivotal event in Chile's successful 19th century struggle to overthrow Spanish rule. History relates that in the early 1800s Doña Paula Jaraquemada, then proprietor of the Santa Rita manor house and estate near the Chilean capital of Santiago, famously gave refuge in the cellars of her property to 120 Chilean patriots. When a brigade of Spanish soldiers arrived at the expansive one-story ranch house in search the band of rebels, the feisty matriarch stated she would rather see the Spanish burn the property to the ground, with her inside, then let them step foot within her family home. Thus it was that band of 120 men lived on to fight another day, and the dwelling, now site of Santa Rita's highly acclaimed Doña Paula Restaurant, occupies a unique place in Chilean national history.

Santa Rita 120 "Hero's Salute" Red Blend has been specially crafted in honor of these 120 patriots, reflecting their indelible mark on Chile's and Santa Rita's history.

Production Area
Central Valley, Chile The central zone has a Mediterranean climate with a high daytime-night time temperature oscillation, average humidity of 55-60% and summer high temperatures above 86°F.

Grape Varieties
65% Cabernet Franc, 25% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grapes are handpicked in April and cold-soaked for 5 days to maximize color extraction. The must was fermented at 78°- 82o F, according to the batch and zone. Post-fermentation maceration was carried out to enhance complexity and round out the wine. 20% of the wine was aged in French oak for 4 months to enhance sweetness and complexity.

Tasting notes
Color: Deep ruby red. Bouquet: Blueberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas along with spices and vanilla, coffee and tobacco notes from the barrel-aging. Taste: The palate has a sweet attack and evolution, with good volume, depth, and a fruity finish that leaves a refreshing mouthfeel.


Serving Suggestions
Serve with pasta dishes with meat or black pepper sauce, grilled or stewed red meats, pork and cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine & Spirits:
"Cabernet franc makes up 65 percent of this blend, and its tobacco scents drive the initial aroma. Behind them is a core of red fruit, with a prickle of fresh acidity that would pair well with gnocchi pomodoro." (Feb 2015)