Cabernet Franc makes up 65% 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.
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120 Hero's Salute Red Blend
Grape Varieties65% Cabernet Franc, 25% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
DescriptionSanta 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: in the early 1800's, Doña Paula Jaraquemada, then-proprietor of the Santa Rita manor house and estate near Santiago, famously gave refuge to 120 Chilean patriots in the cellars of her property. When a brigade of Spanish soldiers arrived at the expansive one-story ranch house in search of the 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 into her family home. Thus, it was that band of 120 men who 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.
VinificationHandpicked grapes are destemmed, crushed, & submitted to a 5-day cold soak to achieve maximum color extraction. After fermentation, 20% of the wine was aged in French oak for 8 months to sweeten & increase the complexity.
ColorDeep ruby red.
NoseBlueberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas along with spices and vanilla, coffee and tobacco notes from the barrel-aging.
PalateThe palate has a sweet attack and evolution, with good volume, depth, and a fruity finish that leaves a refreshing mouthfeel.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.62RS: 2.40 g/LTA: 3.30 g/L
Serving SuggestionsServe with pasta dishes with meat or black pepper sauce, grilled or stewed red meats, pork and cheese.