Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017

Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017

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 2017 harvest was one of the earliest in the past decade and began at least three weeks earlier than usual due to a dry spring and a very hot summer. Yields were
lower than expected, but of excellent quality with very healthy, aromatic, and highly concentrated grapes. The wines from this vintage will be remembered for their
tremendous complexity, volume, and well-rounded texture.


VARIETALS: 100% Merlot


AGING: 100% of the blend in French and American oak barrels for 8–10 months.

ALCOHOL: 13.0 %

Deep violet-ruby red.   Very fruity with notes of plums and blackberries accompanied by intense and unmistakable notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Smooth, with ripe tannins, good structure, and very good balance.  To accompany red and white meats, pastas, game birds, and cheeses.

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Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017

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.

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