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Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2015 Legato Dessert Wine, Cinsault, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.2% RS: 4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39

Monte De Oro
2015 Legato Dessert Wine, Cinsault, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.2% RS: 4%
Brown brick red color. Tropical aromas and flavors of overripe pineapple, brown sugar, apricot marmalade, quince, thyme, and fig paste with a satiny, lively, very sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing impressions of Spanish peanuts, Madeira cake, cinnamon pastry, and baklava with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive dessert wine with enticing tropical nuance and toasty complexity; a must-try.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: overripe pineapple, brown sugar, apricot marmalade, quince, thyme, and fig paste
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of spanish peanuts, madeira cake, cinnamon pastry, and baklava
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive dessert wine with enticing tropical nuance and toasty complexity; a must-try.

The Producer

Monte De Oro Winery

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

Their Portfolio

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.
BR Monte De Oro 2018 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Monte De Oro 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15% (USA) $85.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2018 Dulce De Verano Rosé, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $24.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2008 Lost Gold Dessert Wine, Temecula Valley 23.3% (USA) $65.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2015 Legato Dessert Wine, Cinsault, Temecula Valley 18.2% (USA) $39.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14% (USA) $40.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2015 Vista Del Monte Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14% (USA) $90.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2016 Deportola Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $32.00.
86 Monte De Oro 2016 Simplexity, Temecula Valley 14% (USA) $43.00.
86 Monte De Oro 2019 Galway Vineyard, Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
BR Monte De Oro 2019 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Temecula Valley 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal

Sweet Wine

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Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.