I have been drinking Santa Ema Merlots for years. In the early 2000s their merlot had a very distinctive cocoa finish. It was delightful. In the last couple of years, I have been chasing that finish to no avail. But this 2007 Reserve has it! So delicious. Dark ripe fruit, leather, and a hint of wood smoke on the front, and dark chocolate and leather on the finish. I need more.
The wine seemed a little thin & therefore on the cheap side, but I bought it BOGO at Publix so it was well worth the $5/bottle I paid. I thought it was a good every day drinking wine. It was good with Italian food and strong enough to stand on its own. I would purchase again.