Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Reserva Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and raised on its lees for eight months in French and American oak. It has a fresh, crisp bouquet with lime flower and lemon peel scents, a touch of vanilla pod in the background. The palate offers ripe green apple and mango on the entry. The acidity is crisp and the finish, harmonious and long, with just the right amount of nuanced oak on the finish. This is a well made Chardonnay at a great price. Drink now-2015.
Santa Ema traces its roots back to 1956 when “Don” Pedro and his son, Felix Pavone-Arbea, began making wine and selling it to restaurants and shops. This was one of the more satisfying tastings from Chile: a dependable set of wines with some excellent entry-level varietals that punched above their weight." Dec 2012
Winery: "Color: Intense, bright golden yellow. Aroma: Intense and complex with delicate notes of honey and ripe tropical fruits that recall banana, pineapple, and passion fruit, along with notes of toast and vanilla. Palate: Crisp and refreshing with good balance and a long and pleasing finish. Pairing Suggestion: Drink with sauced, full-bodied fish, shellfish, grilled rabbit, white meats, and ripe cheeses."
Wired For Wine: Stock up winelovers, because this tasty Chardonnay is an incredible value...The Santa Ema Reserve Chadonnay is superbly expressive and bursting with flavor while possessing a lovely acidity and terrific balance; so we say bring on the seafood, white meats and ripe cheeses. Pour your first cool glass and dive into a big platter of fritto misto di pesce, fried seafood with lemon and sea salt. Crab, white fish, lobster and scallops will make this wine sing. Salmon too. Pair them with butter or cream sauces. Crab cakes with a mustard aioli or broiled lobster with warm lemon butter for dipping will do the trick. Another favorite with this Reserve Chardonnay is seared sea scallops on a bed of creamy polenta, garnished with julienned, crisp leeks. On the simpler side, we love this Reserve Chardonnay with roast chicken. Serve it with a gremolata of lemon and orange zest with parsley, and some polenta with ricotta and parmesan on the side. After the table has been cleared, open another bottle and savor it with a heavenly French Charolais goat cheese. The slightly tart flavor and its chalky texture are perfect for the hint of vanilla pod in this fresh Santa Ema. Think about it some more, and that will give you the perfect excuse to have yet another glass of this refreshing Reserve Chardonnay and enjoy it with half a dozen oysters...
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 months in oak barrels, 4 months further refining in bottle
Region: Valle de Casablanca, Chile
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