Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Updated Review: **** $ Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile = BEST VALUE

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Original Review, April, 2009: Santa Ema wines hail from various locations around Chile. This reserve merlot is from the Maipo Valley appelation - the area in which Santa Ema founder Pedro Pavone Voglino settled when he arrived from Italy's Piamonte region in 1917. At 13.5% alcohol, the Santa Ema Merlot, 2006, was aged for 10 months in French oak.

In the glass, the wine is medium dusty red, opaque in the middle. Upon swirling, bright, purple currant aromas push from the glass.

On the palate, a lush, rich, thick fruit pushes up and across your mouth, supple, purple and aromatic of violets, touch of charcoal. A bit of underlying chocolate and oak too. Clean, balanced acids and very fine tannins roll the experience around your cheeks, leaving a tingly, lengthy finish. Wonderful, energetic experience - not typically merlot. Three stars out of five, with a plus for it's exuberant friendliness. Great value.
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Updated review, over two years later, July, 2011:  Consistent dusty red color with purple currant aromas.  The palate is thoroughly knitted together, the ultimate in pleasurable plums!  Following long decant, two days kept at cool room temperature in partially filled bottle:  Softer, more muddled aromas, plum and hint of tomato. On the palate, remains soft, plumy and yummy.  
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Updated review, another two years later, now seven years from vintage date, October, 2013:  Color is still deep and the aromas are still purple inky and strong.  Soft, sandy, sweet plums on the palate.  Scrumptuous.  Now four stars.  Drink it up at seven years old!

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2 comments:

  1. I have to agree. This wine is delicious

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