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Balduzzi

Balduzzi
2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11.99
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Balduzzi
2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Carmenère

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
Violet color. Jammy, savory aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, spiced chocolate and coffee, and dark berry compote with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of sour cherry - rhubarb jam, nutskin, borscht, and pepper with chewy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A silky, round, and savory Chilean red with bright fruit and herb notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: roasted pepper, spiced chocolate and coffee, and dark berry compote
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sour cherry - rhubarb jam, nutskin, borscht, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky, round, and savory Chilean red with bright fruit and herb notes.

The Producer

Balduzzi Wines

The Producer
Avenue Balmaceda 1189
Santiago,
Chile
56 -732322138

Their Portfolio

92 Balduzzi 2011 "B", Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $35.99.
93 Balduzzi 2013 Grand Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
88 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
90 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
86 Balduzzi 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
82 Balduzzi 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $11.99.
90 Balduzzi 2016 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $11.99.
93 Balduzzi 2014 Estate Bottled Gran Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
88 Balduzzi 2014 Gran Reserve, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $18.99.
92 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
88 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
84 Balduzzi 2015 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
92 Balduzzi 2015 Viejo Encachao, Carignan, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $25.00.
88 Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $19.99.
90 Balduzzi 2015 Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $19.99.
87 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.99.
89 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
91 Balduzzi 2017 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
84 Balduzzi 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
86 Balduzzi 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.
88 La Marina 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
93 La Marina 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
90 La Marina 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $9.99.
91 Puroandes 2014 Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere-Merlot, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $17.99.
89 Puroandes 2013 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maule Valley 14% (Chile) $34.99.
92 Puroandes 2016 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
90 Puroandes 2016 Reserva, Carmenère, Maule Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.99.
86 Puroandes 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.
88 Puroandes 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley 13% (Chile) $10.99.

Carmenere

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Carmenère is a red wine produced from the eponymous variety in Chile. It was originally thought to be Merlot that was brought over from Bordeaux in the 19th century, but in the mid-1990s, research proved it was not Merlot, but indeed Carmenère, which had been thought of as extinct.

Top examples originate from the warm Maipo and Colchagua valleys in Chile; the wines are medium- to medium-full in body and offer red cherry fruit along with distinct pepper, tobacco and brown spice aromas and flavors. While early versions were rather bitter, recent examples have displayed great balance and refinement.

Enjoy Carmenère between three to seven years after the vintage date in most cases. The wines pair well with most red meats and are especially enjoyable with heartier fare, such as grilled meats and game.