Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: **+ $ Santa Ema Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2008

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here's a Chilean cabernet sauvignon created early in the 20th century by an emigrant from the Piamonte region of Italy.

Original tasting and review : This is Santa Ema Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2008, finished at 14% alcohol.  The wine saw nine months in French oak barrels.

In the glass: Deep magenta red, opaque from about a quarter inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows tangy oak - may be slightly corked.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and full. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact warm and deeply oak encrusted blackberry fruit, mostly dry, with big tannins surrounding. The elements that suggested potential corking have faded with a little bit of air.  Finish is tannin-laced, still with acid tones.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars now on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but with a plus for potential with some air time.

Following long decant, three days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Still a nose that shows light corking.  Raspberry laundry elements. Bright even middle.

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