Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Our vineyards are planted along the banks of the Maipo River, where the terroir manifests all of its expression in one of Chile’s oldest and most classic wine regions.

The 2016 vintage was marked by a dry winter followed by a cold and rainy spring. Although the cool conditions had delayed the maturation process somewhat, the temperate summer enabled the grapes to ripen. Fall began dry, but unusual rain in late April made it necessary to harvest some red varieties earlier than anticipated. The resulting wines are fresh and very elegant, with good balance and low alcohol levels.

VINTAGE: 2016

VARIETALS: 100% Chardonnay

APPELLATION: Casablanca Valley

AGING: 8 months in French and American oak barrels (40% of the blend).

ALCOHOL: 13.0 %

TASTING NOTES:
Bright, intense yellow. Intense aromas of ripe tropical fruits such as banana, passion fruit, and pineapple. Young and fruity. Well balanced with a pleasing finish. Fatty fish, shellfish au gratin, white meats, and aged cheeses.

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Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Region: Santa Ema

WINERY OVERVIEW
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.

ACCOLADES
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.

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