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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2004

Santa Ema's Reserve Merlot has long been popular because of its distinctly chocolaty character, but the refined and repackaged 2004 is their best one yet.

Sporting a new, tasteful, black and gold label, this wine delivers copious amounts of chocolate to the nose followed by more chocolate on the palate, with some ripe red cherries and a dash of cocoa powder mixed in. The melting tannins are soft and sweet, with just enough structure to make it food-friendly if you want it to be. The pleasant, lingering finish leaves you ready to start the whole swirl-sniff-slurp-sigh process again.

At under $10, this seductive, satisfying Chilean from Maipo Valley is an absolutely incredible value. It's easy enough to drink that a red-wine novice could enjoy it, and so delicious that even the most jaded wine skeptic will want another sip. To hell with what the fictional Miles thinks — give this Merlot a try!
M. Zane Grey, 9:27 PM