External Reviews for Santa Rita 120 Syrah Valle Central Santa Rita 120 Syrah Valle Central
Best Buys/ If what you're looking for is a medium-weight red wine with bright fruit and bounce, this is it. It's not complex or weighty stuff; instead it's focused on jumpy cherry and raspberry and a snappy feel.
Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile’s Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile. In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Gruppo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile’s most successful and innovative estates. 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. Production Area Central Valley, Chile Grape Varieties 100% Shiraz Vinification The grapes undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration, followed by fermentation at 68-77°F Color Deep purple Bouquet Aromas of ripe red and black fruit are complemented by subtle notes of fresh black pepper and clove Taste On the palate, its well structured, textured flavor recalls luscious black fruit, violets and spice, concluding in a pleasant and persistent finish Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions A good match with red meats, pastas and ripe cheeses
120 Syrah 2008 - 86 Points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast / ... a ripe, lush, creamy wine with a ton of sweetness, black fruit and good balance... The palate is smooth and lactic, with creamy blackberry, brown sugar and soft tannins. Rich and pure.
120 Syrah - A Best Value, Parker's Wine Bargains/ A pleasant, fruity, forward wine meant for near-term drinking. This easy-on-the-pocketbook effort has no hard edges.
120 Syrah 2007 - 85 Points, Best Buy & Extreme Value/ Sweet blackberry flavors are balanced by tense acidity in this soft, light-bodied syrah. For burgers. Extreme Value.
Fermented in stainless steel but aged briefly on heavily toasted oak staves, this is one big, fruity red. The nose is roasted, offering coffee and charbroiled beef. The palate is young but smooth, with pounds of berry fruit. Itrsquo;s heavily oaked, but the fruit can handle it.
New wine in Santa Ritarsquo;s value 120 lineup, the 2003 Shiraz is perky, with cherry and plum fruits; medium-bodied with a soft, lightly spiced finish.
Food Pairings for Santa Rita 120 Syrah Valle Central Santa Rita 120 Syrah Valle Central
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