Another one of T.G.I.C’s first imports, Santa Ema was established by Pedro Pavone, the son of Italian winemakers from Piedmont in Italy. Having arrived in the Maipo valley of Chile in 1917, Pedro was an engineer by trade and spent his early years grape growing for other wineries, having planted his first vineyards in 1931 and harvesting his first cabernet, Merlot and sauvignon Blanc grapes four years later. He then established the winery with his son Felix in 1955. Santa Ema produces Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc in addition to a reserve range, Barrel Select line, and a Bordeaux-style red blend called “Catalina” which consistently earns praise for each vintage. Santa Ema was named one of the 20 “World’s Finest value Brands” by Wine Spectator in 2005.From Wine & Spirits
|92pts Santa Ema||$19|
| 2004 Maipo Amplus One |
Rich with exotic spices, sweet red cherry and mulberry flavors, this wine's tannins keep it balanced, instilled with energy. (W&S 6/07) T.G.I.C. Importers, Woodland Hills, CA
Amplus, a blend of 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 26 percent syrah and 4 percent carignan, amps up Santa Ema’s smooth, rich style with an enchanting mix of chocolate and exotic spice aromas and sweet red cherry and mulberry flavors. It would be too much if it weren’t for the tannins, which gently yet firmly support the fullness of the wine and instill it with energy.