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Balduzzi

Balduzzi
2015 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11.99

Balduzzi
2015 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
Deep purple color. Aromas of cherry soda, damp earth, spearmint, and tomato leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a polished, medium-length charcoal briquette, applewood smoke, blackberry, and sausage spices finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A richly textured and dry merlot for barbecues and roasts.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cherry soda, damp earth, spearmint, and tomato leaf
Taste Flavor: charcoal briquette, applewood smoke, blackberry, and sausage spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Leg of Lamb, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A richly textured and dry merlot for barbecues and roasts.

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.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.