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Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2016 Wine Review

Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2016

Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2016

Leyda Valley, Chile

Community Score:87/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $16.95

Drink: 2018-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Santa Ema

Agent: Russian Standard Vodka Canada Ltd

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Loaded with butterscotch, toffee and caramel on the nose from generous oak aging. This full-bodied Chilean Chardonnay offers notes of peach and pear on the palate, Match with roasted chicken.

Chardonnay food pairings: grilled seafood, Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken breast, roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms.

This Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2016 was reviewed on November 13, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This wine is just grand, and exceptional value. It features apples, dried banana, tropical fruit, white flowers, citrus blossom. 90(+) Points.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Full bodied, lots of caramel, toffee and warm baked apples. More peach, pear, and buttery notes on the palate. Great roast chicken wine but would also be great with scallops or seafood pasta with a cream sauce.
Sharon Lécuyer rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Aromas of golden delicious apple and buttery on the palette with tropical (pineapple) flavours. I'd pair with a buttery or white cream pasta dish.

Tasted March 11, 2018
Santa Ema Gran Reserva 2016 is a full-bodied, lush Chardonnay with grapes sourced from the Leyda Valley in Chile. There is a balanced acidity on this wine with ripe apple, pear, vanilla and nutty flavours on the palate. - Community Wine Reviews

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