Chile’s reputation as a wine producing country to be reckoned with is growing quickly.  This month’s Value Wine No. 1 is a great example.  I have previously sampled other modestly priced Cab Sav offerings of Vina Santa Ema and came away impressed in each instance.   Apparently so was Wine Spectator when its tasters sampled the Vina Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015 from Maipo Valley.   Not many Value Wines are impressive enough to make the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for any vintage; this Vina Santa Ema Cab Reserva 2015 was awarded the number 29 slot and a strong 91 rating, a pretty amazing bang for your buck for a widely available Big Red that retails for only $15! Or as Wine Spectator said itself, “This reserva punched above its weight in 2015….”  If you are a lover of Big Reds and great Value Wines, look no further than this Chilean beauty, which shows classic dark fruits and medium tannins, along with a hint of mint and earthiness on the satisfying finish.  What are you sleuths waiting on?   Grab a case at this price point!

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