Although this is another Chilean wine, it has roots in Piedmont Italy. The founder, Pedro Pavone Voglino, immigrated to the Maipo Valley region of Chile from Piedmont in 1917. For many years he grew grapes to sell to other wineries until he established Viña Santa Ema with his son. They started marketing bottles of Santa Ema wine in 1956 and the winery is still in the Pavone family today. Like many Chilean wineries, Santa Ema modernized its facilities about ten years ago, improving the quality and consistency in their production.
Their “Reserva” line of wines represents the most widely available and affordable wines from their portfolio, which makes them a great candidate for us to taste. And this one did not disappoint.
This wine has a full, beautiful nose brimming with plum, blackberry, vanilla and chocolate aromas. The palate is quite tasty too, offering blackberry, wild cherry and plum flavors with bright acidity. The finish brings a touch of coffee, dark fruit and tart cherry flavors.
Wine: Santa Ema Reserve
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.