Full Review

Candoni

Candoni
2015 Elviana Red Blend, Veneto IGP

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .6%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
Best Buy

Candoni
2015 Elviana Red Blend, Veneto IGP

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .6%
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of smoked brisket, black currant, beet salad in walnut vinaigrette, blackberry relish, and minestrone with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish evoking impressions of black licorice with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rustic old-world red that will be a perfect companion to Italian night.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: smoked brisket, black currant, beet salad in walnut vinaigrette, blackberry relish, and minestrone
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of black licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rustic old-world red that will be a perfect companion to Italian night.

The Producer

Candoni Wines

The Producer
Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8
Calamandrana,
Italy

Their Portfolio

BR Candoni 2016 Chianti DOCG 12.5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Candoni 2015 Elviana Red Blend, Veneto IGP 13.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Candoni 2016 Merlot, Venezia DOC 13% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Candoni 2017 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT 13% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Candoni 2016 Buongiorno Organic Red Blend, Terra Siciliane IGT 13% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Candoni 2017 Organic, Merlot, Tre Venezie 13% (Italy) $14.00.
88 Candoni 2017 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Provincia di Pavia IGP 12% (Italy) $14.00.
89 Candoni 2018 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Provincia di Pavia IGP 12% (Italy) $12.99.
86 Candoni 2018 Pinot Noir, Provincia di Pavia IGP 13% (Italy) $12.99.
91 Candoni 2016 Elviana Red Blend, Veneto IGP 13.5% (Italy) $12.99.
90 Candoni 2018 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 13% (Italy) $12.99.
87 Candoni 2019 Estate, Delle Venezie DOC 13% (Italy) $10.00.
90 Candoni 2018 Chianti DOCG 13% (Italy) $10.00.
86 Candoni 2018 Organic, Merlot, Tre Venezie 13% (Italy) $12.00.
86 Candoni 2019 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Provincia di Pavia IGT 13% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Candoni NV Provincia di Pavia IGT 7% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Candoni NV Moscato, Pavia IGT 7% (Italy) $15.00.
86 Candoni 2019 Organic, Merlot, Terra Siciliane IGT 14% (Italy) $17.00.
87 Candoni 2020 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Terre Siciliane IGP 12.5% (Italy) $17.00.
BR Candoni 2019 Organic , Cabernet Sauvignon, Terre Siciliane IGP 14% (Italy) $17.00. - Bronze Medal

Regional Other Italian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
There are red wines produced in every region in Italy, from the far north to the island of Sicily in the south. Many of these reds have a good deal of spice, as well as good acidity; some of them are meant for consumption upon release, while others are meant for many years of cellaring.

Among the most singular of these Italian regional reds are those from Abruzzo, produced from the Montepulciano grape. Deeply colored with plum and black fruit flavors, these are medium-bodied wines with tobacco and spice notes that are good values and can be consumed upon release.

There are also some beautiful reds in Sicily, especially the fragrant and fruit-driven Frappato, which has very light tannins. Nero d'Avola is a spicier, more robust style of Sicilian red.

Also in the south, Campania is home to many beautiful red wines. The best of these is Taurasi, a superb red made from the Aglianico grape. Displaying black cherry and dark chocolate notes, this is one of Italy's most sublime and longest-lived reds, with a few examples drinking well at fifty years of age.

One other regional red of note is Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria. Sagrantino is an extremely tannic variety and this is a powerful, earthy red that needs five to seven years to shed its youthful tannic bitterness.

While Taurasi and Montefalco Sagrantino are relatively expensive reds, wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo as well Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno from the Marche region are excellent values.

These regional reds pair well with foods ranging from salumi to grilled chicken or pork to roast veal or steak.