Named after the home town of Santa Ema's Italian-born owner, Rivalta blends Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller doses of Carmenère and Syrah. The result is a warm, extracted almost foresty wine with tobacco, spice, pepper and dark-fruit aromas and flavors. Comes on fiercely woody on the finish, with a hint of leafiness. Very modern and extracted; the positives comfortably outweigh any shortcomings.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.