Review: Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton
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Novas is a brand of wine that’s produced by Chilean producer of Biodynamic wine, Emiliana. It tends to be a very good quality-to-price ratio label – let’s find out if this Cab holds up.

Technical Data:

  • Valley:Maipo Valley
  • Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
  • Vinification Facility: Las Palmeras
  • Alcohol: 14.2° (% Vol, 20ºC)
  • pH: 3.58
  • Total Acidity (H2SO4): 3.47 gr/lt
  • Residual Sugar: 2.94 gr/lt
  • Ageing: 70% in French oak barrels, for 12 months
  • Bottling date: November 2011
  • Price: $18

On the nose: Bell pepper-laced cherry compote, raspberry, white pepper, wet leather glove, dark chocolate and hints of seaweed.

On the palate: I get that classic Chilean bell pepper component going on and it is a flavor that I personally like a great deal. That note is also married to nice flavors of raspberry, peppercorns, leather, cocoa and cherry cola. My main issue with this wine, however, is how flimsy if feels on the mid-palate – it’s like the fruit drops out a bit. The finish is just okay for me – I mean, it’s not bad for its price point, however, still comes across as a bit whimsical.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%