Full Review

Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2016 Simplexity, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$43

Monte De Oro
2016 Simplexity, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Odd aromas of fondant, berry fruit snacks, cashew milk, steamed grains, and berry scented candles with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium raspberry jam and berry tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive quaffer with lots of berry goodness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: fondant, berry fruit snacks, cashew milk, steamed grains, and berry scented candles
Taste Flavor: raspberry jam and berry tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive quaffer with lots of berry goodness.

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.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.