Santa Ema Icon Catalina 2014
The elegance and style of Catalina Moreno-Rodillo, the wife of the winery’s founder, Félix Pavone, were the inspiration for this wine. As a way to honor his love for his family, and especially his wife, Don Félix made this wine with special dedication. Its unique character and great distinction are reflected in the wine’s exclusive label made of cloth. The name was written in Catalina’s own hand and then delicately embroidered on the cloth. This intense and complex blend portrays the typicity of Chile’s emblematic varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere—along with the silky elegance of Cabernet Franc.
VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carminere, Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Cachapoal Valley
AGING: 14 months in first-use French oak barrels, divided into an initial 10-month period for aging the individual varieties separately, and then a second 4-month period for the final blend. The wine was aged for another year in the bottle before its release to market.
ALCOHOL: 14.0 %
Bright and intense red. Classic and elegant with aromas of red fruits, plums, and cherries intermingled with notes of tobacco and vanilla that lend tremendous complexity. Intense and well structured with ripe tannins. This is an enveloping wine with magnificent fruit expression reflected in the long, broad finish. Pairs well with aged cheeses, grilled red meats, pork, and well-seasoned dishes.
Santa Ema Icon Catalina 2014
Region: Santa Ema
Santa Ema crafts generous, elegant and consumer-friendly wines produced in Isla de Maipo, the premier growing area in Chile’s acclaimed Maipo Valley, world-famous for its distinctive red wines. Santa Ema’s founding Pavone family trace their history in Chile back to 1917 when they first came to the region as grape farmers. Nearly 100 years and three generations of hands-on experience gives Santa Ema a deep understanding of the Maipo Valley’s unique terroir, and helps create some of the most irresistible wines in Chile.
MAIPO: The Maipo Valley is firmly established as a producer of exceptional Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. Santa Ema has two primary cellars in the valley: Izaga and El Peral. The cooling influence of the Maipo River on one side and the Andes Mountains on the other extend the growing season, while the shallow, alluvial soils provide ideal conditions for the valley’s red varietals.
CACHAPOAL: Located 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the cool winds blowing through the Rapel Valley allow Carmenere and other red grapes exceptionally long hang time.
CASABLANCA: Characterized by a cold, ocean-cooled climate, white wines from this region possess a tremendous fruitiness and elegance.
LEYDA: Even cooler than Casablanca, wines of this region possess a tremendous minerality and sophistication, led by outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Recognized as one of the strongest quality-to-price wine brands in the U.S. today, Santa Ema was recently included as one of Wine Spectator’s Top 20 World’s Finest Value Brands and named Value Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine.