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Balduzzi

Balduzzi
2017 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$10.99
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Balduzzi
2017 Reserva, Merlot, Maule Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5%
Black violet color. Spicy, smoky aromas of pimento, brined olives, cinnamon, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long blackberry handpie, smoky tobacco, and marinated root vegetables finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy and stylish merlot with great concentration and loads of savory, salty goodness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: pimento, brined olives, cinnamon, and black pepper
Taste Flavor: blackberry handpie, smoky tobacco, and marinated root vegetables
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Sausages With Mostarda, Braised Argentine Steaks, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy and stylish merlot with great concentration and loads of savory, salty goodness.

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.