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Santa Ema Merlot 2008

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Color: Intense ruby-red. Aroma: Well-balanced aromas that recall red fruits such as plums and dried cherries, accompanied by a light touch of toast. Palate: Mild, ripe, and well-balanced. Pairing Suggestion: Drink with white meats, pastas, vegetable casseroles, 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

Member Reviews for Santa Ema Merlot

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Snooth User: jem1234
591768607
0.00 5
11/05/2011

nice and easy, good compliment to any hearty meal. cherries and current, nice finish


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
3.00 5
04/17/2011

Not very special, for the price it is an OK wine, I would buy it again.


Snooth User: crux
55661493
4.50 5
02/03/2011

Heavy vanilla nose. Rosewater. Mint. Very well rounded, but could have gone deeper. Extremely drinkable.


Snooth User: nascarrunner71
83366337
4.00 5
05/04/2011

If I can't have my J Lohr Cab, then this is my second choice. Yum.


Snooth User: bex34
95449387
4.00 5
10/21/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Santa Ema Merlot

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This relies more on its vanilla and blueberry aromas than its more modest core of plum and cherry fruit, with a toasty edge lingering on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
07/06/2011

Cocoa chocolate nuances; black currant and cassis, smooth texture, some elegance, lengthy. The Santa Ema Reserve Merlot has unmistakable vanilla and chocolate notes that highlight from the black fruit aromas.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Very forward, with aromatic vanilla bean and berry fruit, plush texture and sweet, smoky notes caressing the finish. Balanced, round and tasty. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
10/24/2011

Cocoa/chocolate nuances; blackcurrant and cassis, smooth texture, some elegance, lengthy; This relies more on its vanilla and blueberry aromas than its more modest core of plum and cherry fruit, with a toasty edge lingering on the finish. Drink now. 40,000 cases imported. -JM


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2007 Merlot Reserve is a glass-coating opaque purple. The nose offers up coffee, mocha, and cherry leading to a wine with no hard edges and plenty of character. If all Merlots offered this much pleasure, Pinot Noir would never have become so popular.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Cocoa/chocolate nuances; blackcurrant and cassis, smooth texture, some elegance, lengthy.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Solid, with ripe plum and cassis flavors, backed by a layer of vanilla and mocha toast. Slightly firm, but with good weight and length. Drink now.


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Color: Intense ruby-red. Aroma: Well-balanced aromas that recall red fruits such as plums and dried cherries, accompanied by a light touch of toast. Palate: Mild, ripe, and well-balanced. Pairing Suggestion: Drink with white meats, pastas, vegetable casseroles, and cheeses.

Dietary Information: Organic


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