Full Review

Maddalena

Maddalena
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Maddalena
2014 Merlot, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Baked aromas of baked blueberry cobbler, fig bar, rose hip jam, and tea bags with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length pepper jelly, spiced nuts, and polished wood finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Merlot that hits all the notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked blueberry cobbler, fig bar, rose hip jam, and tea bags
Taste Flavor: pepper jelly, spiced nuts, and polished wood
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib Sandwich, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid Merlot that hits all the notes.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

Their Portfolio

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BR Highlands 41 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey County 14.9% (USA) $25.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Maddalena 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Rosee, Paso Robles 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
92 Maddalena 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $22.00.
89 Maddalena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
87 Maddalena 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
BR Maddalena 2015 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Maddalena 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
BR Maddalena 2016 Semi-Sweet, Riesling, Monterey 11.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Maddalena 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
88 Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Maddalena 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 13.9% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Maddalena 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
93 Maddalena 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Maddalena 2018 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
89 Mariella 2018 Rosé, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal 11.5% (Portugal) $16.00.
89 Opaque 2015 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $32.00.
92 Opaque 2015 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Opaque 2013 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Opaque 2016 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Opaque 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $32.00.
90 Opaque 2015 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
93 Opaque 2015 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $36.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Darkness, Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Riboli Family Vineyard 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
BR Rosa 22 Rosé Aperitivo Liqueur 15% (Italy) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR San Antonio NV Cardinale Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 11.5% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 San Antonio NV Granada Tropical Sweet Pink Flavored Wine, California 11% (USA) $10.00.
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BR San Antonio NV Imperial Semi-Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
86 San Simeon 2016 Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
92 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2014 Stormwatch Estate Reserve, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
85 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $22.00.
86 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2014 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 San Simeon 2017 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 San Simeon 2018 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
95 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $35.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2018 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 San Simeon 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
94 San Simeon 2016 Stormwatch, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $90.00.
91 Stella Rosa NV Rosso Lux Demi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Gold, Italy 10% (Italy) $14.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Berry, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet, Moscato d’Asti 12% (Italy) $12.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $16.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Red Reserve Semi-Sweet, Italy 5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Stella Rosa NV Black Lux Imperiale Semi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Pink, Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Platinum, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Moscato Orange, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Gold Semi-Sweet Wine, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Berry Semi-Sweet Sparkling , Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Rosé Wine Specialty 6.5% (Italy) $14.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Stella Pink Wine Specialty 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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88 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Tropical Mango Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Platinum Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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BR Stella Rosa NV Pink Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Berry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco, Chardonnay, Italy 11% (Italy) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Pearl Lux Sparkling Rosé, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $14.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $25.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Blueberry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Pineapple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Stella Rosa NV Watermelon Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Rosé, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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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.