Merlot Gran Reserva 2018

SANTA EMA

Merlot Gran Reserva
2018

$21.52*

* Suggested retail price

19 case(s) available

Product code
413120
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Speculative
Status
Available
Country
Chile
Regulated designation
Denominación de Origen
Region
Valle Central
Subregion
Valle del Maipo
Appellation
Valle de Maipo
Varietal(s)
Merlot
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
Winery's website

About this winery

With over 60 years of professional experience, Santa Ema are pioneers in the Maipo Valley where they are always searching for the best expressions of terroir, from the mountains to the coast. The beginnings of Santa Ema date back to the beginning of the 20th century, when don Pedro Pavone Voglino, an Italian immigrant, sportsperson, and businessman, discovered a great terroir in Isla de Maipo, where the head offices still operate today. The founder and his son, Félix Pavone Arbea, an...

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Notes about product

The vineyards of Santa Ema 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.

Winemaking notes

The grapes were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 days at 86ºF (30ºC) followed by another 6 days of post-fermentation macerations. Upon completion of the malolactic fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for 8–10 months in French and American oak to obtain and deliver greater complexity and structure.

Tasting notes

Intense fruit aromas 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. Pairs excellently with red and white meats, pastas, game birds, and cheeses.

Press reviews

Wine Spectator

- 90 points -

May 2020

A focused style, with intense dried green herbal flavors flanked by cherry and red plum notes. The crisp, minerally finish is firm and savory. -KM

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