Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2014
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Reserve Merlot feels very peppery and also has some smoky, roasted aromas over a core of ripe berries and some herbal aromas. The palate is sleek and polished, with some bittersweet sensations and a soft texture with no noticeable tannins. 200,000 bottles.
Wine EnthusiastFrom the outset this is woody and artificial in style. Aromas of milk chocolate and clove are strange and forced. In the mouth, this feels wiry but also gummy, with clove-heavy oak and tannic bite. In general, this is overly woody, candied and seemingly not natural.