Full Review

Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2014 Reserve, Malbec, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$85

Monte De Oro
2014 Reserve, Malbec, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, pickled watermelon rind, biscuit, and peppermint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish with overtones of chocolate mousse with raspberries, black cassis, licorice, and black pepper. A fancy, silken malbec that passes over the senses like a satin sheet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lingonberry, pickled watermelon rind, biscuit, and peppermint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of chocolate mousse with raspberries, black cassis, licorice, and black pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fancy, silken malbec that passes over the senses like a satin sheet.

The Producer

Monte De Oro Winery

The Producer
35820 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-491-6551

Their Portfolio

90 Monte De Oro 2013 Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
96 Monte De Oro 2013 Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.9% (USA) $33.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2015 "Bolle De Oro", Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2010 Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 16.3% (USA) $80.00.
95 Monte De Oro 2010 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $80.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 16.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $35.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2014 Estate, Syrah, Temecula Valley 16.1% (USA) $36.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2014 Cuvée de Oro Estate Grown Red Blend, Temecula Valley 16% (USA) $34.00.
91 Monte De Oro 2012 Vista del Monte Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.6% (USA) $80.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2014 Monte de Oro Vineyard Estate Grown, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 16.6% (USA) $36.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2017 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown , Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $23.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 16.0% (USA) $44.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown , Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $35.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2015 Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.6% (USA) $41.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2015 Monte De Oro Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 14.3% (USA) $38.00.
91 Monte De Oro 2015 Cuvée de Oro Estate Grown Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $33.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2013 Vista Del Monte Vineyard Estate Grown Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 16.2% (USA) $85.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2014 Vista Del Monte Vineyard Estate Grown Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 16.1% (USA) $85.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 16% (USA) $42.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $34.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2014 Reserve, Malbec, Temecula Valley 14.8% (USA) $85.00.
84 Monte De Oro 2018 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $20.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15% (USA) $85.00.

Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice, and, in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.