Candoni Merlot 2016
Candoni Merlot is velvety, generous, and ruby-red in color. It has hints of ripe fresh cherries and blackberries, with light scents of peppers and tomato leaves. It tastes dry and well-structured with delicate tannins and a lingering finish. Candoni Merlot is particularly suitable for grilled meats, pizza, calamari, and pasta dishes.
The De Zan and the Candoni families have been involved in winemaking since the late 1800’s. After having lived in the U.S. for 12 years, Armando De Zan, Elviana Candoni and their daughters Barbara and Caterina, have dedicated themselves to produce and export Italian Wines around the world.
"We are an Italian, family-run winery, committed to excellent winemaking for over one hundred years. We feel great pride and gratitude for the magic land we come from and want our Candoni Painted Bottles to be a celebration of its beauty and culture that the Ancient Romans started 2000 years ago. All our bottles are painted with a technique called serigraphy, which is a method of using ceramic natural colors melted on the glass of the bottle to create a unique piece of art. With our bottles, you will have the chance to bring home a piece of real Ancient Roman art, as each bottle represents an original fresco painting found on the Roman walls."
P.S.: Join the Candoni De Zan Sisters, Barbara and Caterina, for a journey through their family traditions, food recipes, Italian art and Italian lifestyle!
Producing every style of wine and with great success, the Veneto is one of the most multi-faceted wine regions of Italy.
Veneto's appellation called Valpolicella (meaning “valley of cellars” in Italian) is a series of north to south valleys and is the source of the region’s best red wine with the same name. Valpolicella—the wine—is juicy, spicy, tart and packed full of red cherry flavors. Corvina makes up the backbone of the blend with Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and others playing supporting roles. Amarone, a dry red, and Recioto, a sweet wine, follow the same blending patterns but are made from grapes left to dry for a few months before pressing. The drying process results in intense, full-bodied, heady and often, quite cerebral wines.
Soave, based on the indigenous Garganega grape, is the famous white here—made ultra popular in the 1970s at a time when quantity was more important than quality. Today one can find great values on whites from Soave, making it a perfect choice as an everyday sipper! But the more recent local, increased focus on low yields and high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone, now called Soave Classico, gives the real gems of the area. A fine Soave Classico will exhibit a round palate full of flavors such as ripe pear, yellow peach, melon or orange zest and have smoky and floral aromas and a sapid, fresh, mineral-driven finish.
An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.
In the Glass
Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.
Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.
Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.