Full Review

Opaque

Opaque
2016 Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Opaque
2016 Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas of vanilla soft serve, blueberry coulis, maple, sweet potato pie, clove, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length plum pastry and caramel buttercream finish with light oak flavor. A full-flavor Malbec with generous notes of baked fruit; give this time to open up.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: vanilla soft serve, blueberry coulis, maple, sweet potato pie, clove, and anise
Taste Flavor: plum pastry and caramel buttercream
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A full-flavor Malbec with generous notes of baked fruit; give this time to open up.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

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

Their Portfolio

90 Highlands 41 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
BR Highlands 41 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey County 14.9% (USA) $25.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Maddalena 2015 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Maddalena 2016 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
BR Maddalena 2016 Semi-Sweet, Riesling, Monterey 11.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Maddalena 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
88 Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve Rosé, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Maddalena 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR Maddalena 2018 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Monterey 13.9% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Maddalena 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
93 Maddalena 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Maddalena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Maddalena 2018 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
89 Mariella 2018 Rosé, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal 11.5% (Portugal) $16.00.
89 Opaque 2015 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $32.00.
92 Opaque 2015 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Opaque 2013 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Opaque 2016 Darkness Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Opaque 2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $32.00.
90 Opaque 2015 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
93 Opaque 2015 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $36.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Opaque 2017 Darkness, Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Riboli Family Vineyard 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
BR Rosa 22 Rosé Aperitivo Liqueur 15% (Italy) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR San Antonio NV Cardinale Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 11.5% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 San Antonio NV Granada Tropical Sweet Pink Flavored Wine, California 11% (USA) $10.00.
BR San Antonio NV Villadoro Moscato, California 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
BR San Antonio NV Imperial Semi-Sweet Red Dessert Wine, California 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
91 San Simeon 2017 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2017 Stefano Vineyard, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 San Simeon 2014 Estate Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
89 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 San Simeon 2018 Stefano Vineyard Rosé, Grenache, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
95 San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $35.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
93 San Simeon 2018 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2018 Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 San Simeon 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $30.00.
88 San Simeon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
94 San Simeon 2016 Stormwatch, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $90.00.
91 Stella Rosa NV Rosso Lux Demi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Gold, Italy 10% (Italy) $14.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Berry, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00.
85 Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet, Moscato d’Asti 12% (Italy) $12.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $16.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Red Reserve Semi-Sweet, Italy 5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Stella Rosa NV Black Lux Imperiale Semi-Sweet Sparkling, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $18.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Pink, Italy 5% (Italy) $9.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV L’Originale Semi-Sweet Platinum, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Moscato Orange, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG 6% (Italy) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Gold Semi-Sweet Wine, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Berry Semi-Sweet Sparkling , Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Rosé Wine Specialty 6.5% (Italy) $14.00.
86 Stella Rosa NV Stella Pink Wine Specialty 5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Red Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Tropical Mango Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Platinum Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Pink Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Stella Rosa NV Moscato d’Asti 5.5% (Italy) $12.00.
88 Stella Rosa NV Berry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco, Chardonnay, Italy 11% (Italy) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Pearl Lux Sparkling Rosé, Italy 11% (Italy) $22.00.
87 Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $14.00.
90 Stella Rosa NV Imperiale, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $25.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Blueberry Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Pineapple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Stella Rosa NV Watermelon Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
BR Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Rosé, Italy 6.5% (Italy) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine, Italy 5% (Italy) $12.00.
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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 array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.