Here at the Wine Hobbyist, we’re a sucker for wines with a cause; whether it be donating to a charity or honouring a cherished person or moment in history, we’re game to drink it. Knowing this, it’s no wonder we picked up Santa Rita’s 120; a Cabernet Sauvignon, from Chile.
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, is in honour of the “120 patriots who helped lead Chile to independence”, so the label tells us. As the story goes, in 1814, these same 120 patriots, exhausted from battle, were looking for a place of refuge, for rest and revitalization for what laid ahead. They eventually took refuge at the wine cellars of Santa Rita and as a result, in these very same cellars, the wine commemorating their valour was born!
On colour, the Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 holds a ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of vanilla, plum and red berries are present while on the palate, the expected fruit forwardness with well tempered tannins rings through.
While drinking this wine, I couldn’t help but think it is the kind of red that is certainly affordable, but also palate neutral. You’ll undoubtedly be able to serve this wine to the white wine die hard fans, and even those who do not normally look to wine as a libation choice. It’s a fantastic everyday drinking wine.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is just one of many from this line of wines, labeled with the 120 brand.
This wine retails at the LCBO for only $10.95.
We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5.