Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
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Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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  • JS91
  • RP90
750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep, intense red. Complex and intense. Black fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and plums lend great typicity accompanied by a touch of dark chocolate. A wine with tremendous concentration of firm, ripe tannins with a mouth-filling palate and a persistent fruity finish. Enjoy with beef or lamb stew. Also excellent with aged cheeses.

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
This is an archtypal cabernet from Pirque, one of the highest spots planted to vines in the Maipo Valley. With seductive scents of menthol, herbs and tart red fruit, the wines’s acidity and fine tannins frame and support the fruity notes. It’s young and already delicious, ready to serve with grilled flank steak. It’s also ageworthy, a subtle red that will gain in complexity and depth.
JS 91
James Suckling
Cool and fresh. A sleek cabernet with some real elegance. The dry tannins carry the long finish beautifully. Drink or hold.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with fruit from six-year-old vines in Pirque, a cooler place that seems to have compensated for the warm growing season. The grapes fermented destemmed and crushed in stainless steel with selected yeasts, and the wine matured in used oak barrels for ten months. The mintiness is somewhat contained, and so is the ripeness, as the wine comes through as nicely balanced, with no excess. The palate reveals fine-grained tannins and tasty flavors.
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Vinos Santa Ema is, hands-down, one of the best value/quality brands from Chile,

offering one of strongest quality-to-price wine brands in the world today. 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 four generations of hands-on experience gives Santa Ema

a deep understanding of the Maipo Valley’s unique terroir. The family has established a 500 acre viticultural ‘path’ from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, featuring the best terroir from each zone of Maipo: Alt a, Medio and Costa (Leyda). Extensive and selective vineyard ownership allows for creativity and innovation in the vineyards and winery, while guaranteeing quality control. The result is a collection of generous, elegant, regionally distinct wines that overdeliver. Winemaking: The portfolio commences with the excellent value offering, Select Terroir Reserva, which offers excellent fruit concentration, purity of its origin and unmistakable varietal typicity. The next tier up is Sant a Ema’s Reserva/Gran Reserva range. This is the winery’s most traditional and best known collection. Consistently awarded with medals and scores, including a coveted spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100. Perfect harmony and complexity are achieved through delicate barrel aging plus bottle aging. The Am plus line plays on the Latin word for ‘important, sophisticated, distinguished and honorable’. Amplus wines represent the union of tradition and modernity. These are exciting wines with tremendous complexity and elegance.

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Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.

Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.

Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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