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Opaque

Opaque
2012 Irick Vineyard, Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Opaque
2012 Irick Vineyard, Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dark deep purple color. Pungent aromas of cola, white peppercorn, pine, and plum with a round, soft, dryish full body and an even, interesting, long vanilla bean, cola nut, rich dark fruit, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A great example of the most underrated varietal in Paso Robles; drink now-2020.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cola, white peppercorn, pine, and plum
Taste Flavor: vanilla bean, cola nut, rich dark fruit, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great example of the most underrated varietal in Paso Robles; drink now-2020.

The Producer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

Their Portfolio

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87 Bodega de San Antonio Sangria 10% (USA) $15.00.
88 Chocolate Bar NV Chocolate Port, California 18% (USA) $17.00.
87 Diama Sparkle NV "DOC", Prosecco 11.5% (Italy) $16.00.
83 Diama Sparkle NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé, Italy 11.5% (Italy) $16.00.
83 Diama Sparkle NV Extra Dry, Prosecco DOC 11.5% (Italy) $16.00.
87 Diama Sparkle NV Sparkling Rosé, Italy 11.5% (Italy) $16.00.
84 Fontana Gina 2014 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $13.00.
89 Kingsmill 2013 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $16.00.
93 La Quinta NV Syrah Port, Paso Robles 18.5% (USA) $17.00.
88 Maddalena 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
91 Maddalena 2013 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $15.00.
91 Maddalena 2010 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 Maddalena 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Maddalena 2012 Riesling, Monterey 11.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Maddalena 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
89 Maddalena 2013 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 Maddalena 2013 Riesling, Monterey 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Maddalena 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $15.00.
90 Maddalena 2014 Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles 11% (USA) $15.00.
91 Maddalena 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Maddalena 2011 Merlot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
93 Maddalena 2013 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Maddalena 2014 Pinot Grigio, Monterey 14.1% (USA) $15.00.
90 Maddalena 2014 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
90 Maddalena 2014 Riesling, Monterey 11% (USA) $11.00.
86 Maddalena 2014 Moscato, Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles 11% (USA) $13.00.
91 Maddalena 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Maddalena 2015 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
88 Maddalena 2015 Estate Reserve, Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles 11% (USA) $13.00.
92 Maddalena 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
91 Maddalena 2012 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2015 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $19.00.
87 Maddalena 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Rosee, Paso Robles 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
92 Maddalena 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $22.00.
89 Maddalena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
87 Maddalena 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
86 Opaque 2013 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $30.00.
97 Opaque 2010 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 Opaque 2010 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Opaque 2014 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.5% (USA) $30.00.
92 Opaque 2011 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Opaque 2011 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $30.00.
94 Opaque 2014 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
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95 Riboli Family Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 15.1% (USA) $60.00.
93 Riboli Family Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $70.00.
95 Riboli Family Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15.1% (USA) $60.00.
87 Riboli Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15.1% (USA) $60.00.
94 San Antonio 2010 Cask 520, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
87 San Antonio NV Lambrusco, Emilia IGT 7.5% (Italy) $13.00.
93 San Antonio 2011 Heritage, Other Red, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $27.00.
92 San Antonio 2011 Cask 520, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
84 San Antonio NV "Cardinale" Sweet Red Blend, California 11.5% (USA) $8.00.
80 San Antonio NV "Imperial" Semi-Sweet Red Blend, California 12% (USA) $8.00.
85 San Antonio NV "Granada" Tropical Sweet Pink, California 11% (USA) $8.00.
86 San Antonio NV "Villadoro", Moscato, California 12% (USA) $8.00.
80 San Antonio NV Lambrusco, Italy 7.5% (Italy) $8.00.
91 San Antonio 2014 Centennial Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $85.00.
88 San Simeon 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
88 San Simeon 2013 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
90 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $19.00.
88 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
94 San Simeon 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2014 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 San Simeon 2011 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
88 San Simeon 2011 Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $22.00.
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90 San Simeon 2015 Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
89 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $22.00.
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91 San Simeon 2013 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
92 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $19.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $19.00.
95 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $27.00.
86 San Simeon 2016 Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
92 San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
91 San Simeon 2014 Stormwatch Estate Reserve, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
85 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $22.00.
86 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $22.00.
95 San Simeon 2014 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
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89 Santo Stefano 2012 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Rosso, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Black, Italy 5% (Italy) $15.00.
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84 Stella Rosa NV Platinum White, Italy 5% (Italy) $15.00.
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88 Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $15.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Rosé, Italy 9.5% (Italy) $15.00.
89 Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Orange, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00.
91 Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Sweet Moscato, Italy 6% (Italy) $15.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet, Moscato, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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87 Stella Rosa NV Berry Semi-Sweet Sparkling , Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
83 Stella Rosa NV Pink Semi-Sweet Sparkling , Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Red Semi-Sweet Sparkling , Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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85 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Pink, Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
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91 Stella Rosa NV Rosso Lux Demi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
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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 foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.