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Candoni

Candoni
2019 Organic, Merlot, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17

Candoni
2019 Organic, Merlot, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis preserves, cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, graphite, and sun dried tomato with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish displaying notes of whole grain toast, dried plums, and cola with heavy oak flavor. An easy, chewy Italian Merlot for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: black cassis conserve, cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, graphite, and sun dried tomato
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of whole grain toast, dried plums, and cola
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy, chewy Italian Merlot for the table.

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 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.