Full Review

Candoni

Candoni
2016 Merlot, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: .6%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
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Candoni
2016 Merlot, Venezia DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: .6%
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, salami, chai latte, and smoked chocolate with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of marinated strawberries and preserved cherry with a suggestion of oak flavor. A slightly savory, juicy merlot with charming fruit and a hint of smoke; an everyday pleasure.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries, salami, chai latte, and smoked chocolate
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of marinated strawberries and preserved cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pork Saltimbocca, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A slightly savory, juicy merlot with charming fruit and a hint of smoke; an everyday pleasure.

The Producer

Candoni Wines

The Producer
Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8
Calamandrana,
Italy

Regional Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot in Italy is not widely planted, but it is used in some notable wines. A good deal of it is found in Tuscany, where it can be part of the blend of Vin Nobile di Montepulciano or Chianti as well as Bolgheri. Some producers in Bolgheri produce a stand-alone version of Merlot, crafting a powerful wine that can age for more than a decade.

Merlot is also a part of several blended reds in the Veneto region, while there are several producers that craft a stand-alone version in Sicily, where the warm temperatures have resulted in ripe, fleshy wines with round, elegant tannins.