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Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2017 Simplexity Red Blend, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$43

Monte De Oro
2017 Simplexity Red Blend, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sun dried tomato, dill, green tea, pomegranate, vanilla, and brandied cherry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows notes of cola and sarsaparilla with light oak flavor. A juicy, savory Red Blend that will be a hit at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: sun dried tomato, dill, green tea, pomegranate, vanilla, and brandied cherry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cola and sarsaparilla
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, savory red blend that will be a hit at the table.

The Producer

Monte De Oro Winery

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

Their Portfolio

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
88 Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 14.6% (USA) $44.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2017 Monte De Oro Vineyard Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $32.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2017 Simplexity Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.8% (USA) $43.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2016 Unique Elements Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14% (USA) $32.00.
91 Monte De Oro 2017 Vigna Vicini Red Blend, Temecula Valley 15.1% (USA) $38.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $32.00.
95 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.7% (USA) $46.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2016 1516 Estate Grown, Grenache, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $35.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2019 Muscat Canelli, Temecula Valley 11.6% (USA) $24.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $38.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $35.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 15.1% (USA) $43.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2017 Syngergy 65 Owner’s Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
92 Monte De Oro 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $90.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2016 Reserve, Malbec, Temecula Valley 13.4% (USA) $90.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.2% (USA) $90.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown Reserve Monte De Oro Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $90.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2017 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend, Temecula Valley 15.2% (USA) $34.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 16.4% (USA) $40.00.
91 Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Reserve Monte De Oro Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 11.4% (USA) $90.00.
94 Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.6% (USA) $40.00.

Red Meritage

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Meritage (rhymes with "heritage") is a term coined in California to describe a blended wine made with Bordeaux varieties. While there could be a white Meritage, the term generally refers to a red wine, thus made with any combination of five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Established in the 1980s, the concept of Meritage wines was initially greeted with a good deal of fanfare, but today, that excitement has waned. Most of the 100 plus wineries that make a Meritage-style wine are in California; many do not even use the term on the label, preferring their own fantasy name.

Meritage red wines age similarly to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and are best paired with red meats and game.