Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2009
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.
Editorial Reviews for Santa Ema Reserve Merlot
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
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.
External Reviews for Santa Ema Reserve Merlot
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