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Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2009

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Color: Deep violet-ruby-red. Aroma: Very fruity wine with aromas of plums, blackberries, and black currant, accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate: Soft, ripe tannins lend good structure and balance. Pairing Suggestion: Drink with red meats, white meats, pastas, game birds, and cheeses.

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Sant Ema:
In 1917 a young Pedro Pavone-Voglino left his homeland in Italy’s Piamonte wine region and embarked upon the long journey to the New World. His pioneering spirit led him to Chile and allowed him to come to know the beauty and benefits of the Maipo Valley. Pavone Family Captivated by the area’s landscape and its particular qualities for wine production, he decided to settle there ... Read more
In 1917 a young Pedro Pavone-Voglino left his homeland in Italy’s Piamonte wine region and embarked upon the long journey to the New World. His pioneering spirit led him to Chile and allowed him to come to know the beauty and benefits of the Maipo Valley. Pavone Family Captivated by the area’s landscape and its particular qualities for wine production, he decided to settle there and acquired the land that is now Viña Santa Ema in 1931. He began producing grapes for vinification, which, due to their quality were sold to well-known Chilean wineries. He married Marta Arbea Perrot in the small town of Isla de Maipo, where their children and descendents still live today. In 1956, ‘Don’ Pedro and his oldest son, Félix Pavone-Arbea, began making and marketing bottled wines that soon earned recognition by the industry and consumers alike. Félix Pavone continued the work of his father, married Catalina Moreno, settled into the family home in Isla de Maipo and had four children: María Cecilia, Félix, Rossana, and Pilar, who have all actively worked in the winery since their youth. In the late 1960s the winery purchased a significant amount of land in the Peumo sector of the Cachapoal Valley. This area is particularly known for its high quality red varietals, such as Carignan, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and, of course, Carmenère. The company’s first exports began in 1986 with shipments to Brazil. Today Santa Ema wines are exported to more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The primary market is the United States, where Santa Ema is consistently among the top 10 Chilean wineries in terms of sales. In Chile, Santa Ema has earned a solid position by becoming one of the highest-selling Chilean wineries in restaurants, hotels, and wine shops. El Peral In 2003 the company inaugurated its modern new El Peral vinification facility in Isla de Maipo, surrounded by 50 hectares of estate vineyards. The 3.2 million-liter winery is equipped with the highest technology available for fine wine production and is widely recognized as a local landmark. Over the years, Santa Ema has been recognized by the most important national and international organizations and has earned numerous medals in competitions such as the Concours Mundial de Bruxelles and distinctions in prestigious international trade magazines. It was recently named to the Wine Spectator’s list of Top 20 World’s Finest Value Brands, Wine Advocate rated four Santa Ema wines above 90 points, and Wine & Spirits named it Value Winery of the Year. But for Santa Ema, the most important distinction of all is the preference of its consumers around the world to appreciate the work of three generations dedicated to the production of consistently high quality wines. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Santa Ema Reserve Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,758
4.50 5
11/05/2012

Lightly herbal and minty on the nose with light, fresh aromas of toast, licorice and plum preserves with a wild cherry top note. This is exceptionally well balanced in the mouth, virtually seamless with ripe tannins and acidity that is delicately woven into the fabric of this wine. The fruit is ripe and rich but remains fresh with flavors of plum and wild cherry wrapped up on an herbal, sage tinted gauze all supported by light creme brulee and briar wood oak notes. 91pts


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Snooth User: sdl55
51070296
0.00 5
10/09/2012

I was never a merlot drinker until the Santa Ema Reserve, this is a luscious, silky wine with notes of chocolate, raspberries and strawberries. There is a long finish and a lot of layers to this wine. I first had it a year ago at a "grand" tasting and liked it so I bought 2 bottles, again we were not merlot drinkers. My husband couldn't believe the wine either. Since then have bought 2 cases, it is a bargain and absolutely a well composed wine. I have tried a few other chilean merlots and they aren't like the Santa Ema.


Snooth User: dgmcurious
11559004
4.00 5
11/10/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Santa Ema Reserve Merlot

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2009 Reserve Merlot (100%) was aged in French and American oak for 8 months. It offers up an aromatic array of cinnamon, clove, incense, tobacco, black currant, and blackberry. In the glass it reveals layered fruit, spicy flavors, good volume, and excellent balance. This surprisingly rich Merlot can be approached now and will provide pleasure for another 4-5 years. It is an excellent value. Minty spice and vanilla are the lead aromas on this heavily oaked Merlot. There's also raw wood grain and clove to the nose. Full-bodied in the mouth, with overt creamy notes and then woody, spicy, fruit flavors. The fruit is generic and hidden; the pressing oak just the opposite. - M.S. A very soft, toasty, forward style, with lots of vanilla and mocha leading the way, followed by more modest plum and mint notes. Drink now. 40,000 cases imported. -JM


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Source: NapaCabs.com
06/21/2013

Nose: Very fruity wine with spices aromas of plums, blackberries, and accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate: Soft, ripe tannins lend good structure and balance.



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Color: Deep violet-ruby-red. Aroma: Very fruity wine with aromas of plums, blackberries, and black currant, accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate: Soft, ripe tannins lend good structure and balance. Pairing Suggestion: Drink with red meats, white meats, pastas, game birds, and cheeses.

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