Full Review

Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2017 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown , Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$23

Monte De Oro
2017 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown , Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fragrant ripe papaya, cantaloupe, macadamia nut brittle, cinnamon dusted snickerdoodle cookies, and coconut sticky rice with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, long orgeat, grilled nectarine, toasted sweet rolls, and candied pineapple finish with moderate oak. A flashy, concentrated Chardonnay from Temecula that offers a tropical soiree of flavors and memorable toasty oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: fragrant ripe papaya, cantaloupe, macadamia nut brittle, cinnamon dusted snickerdoodle cookies, and coconut sticky rice
Taste Flavor: orgeat, grilled nectarine, toasted sweet rolls, and candied pineapple
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spit Roasted Pig, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A flashy, concentrated Chardonnay from Temecula that offers a tropical soiree of flavors and memorable toasty oak.

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 2012 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $32.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2012 Monte de Oro Vineyard Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $38.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown Galway Vineyard, Pinot Gris, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $19.00.
86 Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown/Galway Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 12.6% (USA) $19.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2014 "Nostimo" Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $23.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2014 "Bolle de Oro", Temecula Valley 11.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2011 Reserve "Vista Del Monte Vineyard", Syrah, Temecula Valley 16% (USA) $72.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2011 Estate Grown Reserve , Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.8% (USA) $72.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2009 "Vigna Vicini" Estate Grown Reserve Vista Del Monte Vineyard Red Wine, Temecula Valley 15.9% (USA) $72.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2013 "Simplexity" Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 14.1% (USA) $34.00.
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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.