Santa Ema Icon “Rivalta” 2013
This wine is a tribute to Pedro Pavone-Voglino, the father of Santa Ema’s founder. Blessed with a great pioneering instinct and abundant determination, Don Pedro embarked on the long journey from his home in Rivalta in the Italian Piedmont to the New World in 1917. Upon reaching Chile, he settled in Isla de Maipo where he was charmed by the landscape and its extraordinary characteristics for winegrowing. In 1931 he acquired the first property that would become Viña Santa Ema. He loved cars and was an excellent racecar driver. At the age of 28 he drove across the Andes into Argentina and was a member of the first Harley Davidson team in Chile.
Rivalta is a *Limited Production* blend made with the finest grapes of each vintage and sold in hand numbered bottles.
VARIETALS: Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
APPELLATION: Rosario de Codao State, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley, Chile
AGING: The wine spent a total of 20 months in first-use French oak barrels, divided into an initial 15-month period for aging the individual varieties separately, and then a second 5-month period for the final blend. The wine was aged for a minimum of one year in the bottle before its release to market.
ALCOHOL: 15.0 %
TASTING NOTES: Bright ruby red. Intense aromas of black fruits, blueberries, black currant, black pepper, and a touch of mint and chocolate that lend elegance. Well rounded with excellent structure, ripe tannins, tremendous texture, and a persistent finish. Pairs well with lamb and game meats, such as venison and boar. Delicious with duck magret, spicy dishes and chutneys, and mild red meats, such as veal.
Santa Ema Icon “Rivalta” 2013
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.