2007 Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon – This Chilean wine is a dark ruby color with hints of violet around the edges. It has a earthy dark fruit nose. The flavor is a light amount of green pepper, big dark fruit and bitter chocolate. There is a medium length finish. Overall quite a nice flavorful wine. It was aged for 12 months in oak barrels (70% new) and is rated 91 points by Wine Spectator.
January 2011 we re-tasted this wine. We found it to to be very similar to our original tasting with the earthy dark fruit nose with a little vanilla. In the flavor we also picked up some smoke, vanilla, cedar and black pepper. The tannins were moderate and there was a long finish with a little heat (alc 14%).
It is always interesting to look back at your previous notes when you have a wine a second or third time in a short period just to calibrate your palate. Of course it is also nice when you have not had the wine in a long time so you can see how it has evolved.