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Santa Rita 120 Merlot

2015 Features fresh strawberry, plum and vanilla scents, complemented by a hint of dried herbs. Well-rounded, fruity flavor, enhanced by soft tannins and a pleasant note of spicy oak.
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$15.00 / Bottle   $180.00 / Case
SALE $8.99 / Bottle   $107.88 / Case
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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: 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. The grapes undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration, followed by fermentation at 68-77°F and a second maceration. After racking, 90% of the wine is kept in stainless steel vats while 10% undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine is then blended and bottled.