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Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2018 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35

Monte De Oro
2018 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry scented candle, dried fruits and coconut flakes, pistachio nougat, and oiled leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length finish imparting notes of berry tart, chocolate nuts, and clove with light oak flavor. A rich, chewy red blend for elevated sipping that will also stand up to any meat dish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: berry scented candle, dried fruits and coconut flakes, pistachio nougat, and oiled leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of berry tart, chocolate nuts, and clove
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, chewy red blend for elevated sipping that will also stand up to any meat dish.

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 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.
93 Monte De Oro 2016 Vigna Vicini Reserve Red Wine Blend, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $90.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2018 Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.4% (USA) $46.00.
86 Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
89 Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Simplexity Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.3% (USA) $38.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
93 Monte De Oro 2018 Estate Grown Vista Del Monte Vineyard Vigna Vicini Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.6% (USA) $42.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2021 Bolle De Oro Brut Sparkling Wine, Temecula Valley 11.2% (USA) $25.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $20.00.
91 Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown White Blend, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $24.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2021 Galway Vineyard, Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $23.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2021 Canelli, White Muscat, Temecula Valley 11.7% (USA) $24.00.
90 Monte De Oro 2018 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.8% (USA) $35.00.
85 Monte De Oro 2017 Reserve Estate Grown, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.2% (USA) $70.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2017 Reserve Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $90.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2017 Unique Elements Estate Grown Red Blend, Temecula Valley 15.1% (USA) $32.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2018 DePortola Vineyard, Merlot, Temecula Valley 14.6% (USA) $35.00.
88 Monte De Oro 2021 Synergy 65 Rosé, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $21.00.
87 Monte De Oro 2021 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14% (USA) $25.00.

Rhone Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
A Rhone varietal blend can be made up from any number of varieties found in France's Rhone Valley. This can be either white or red (some red Rhone blends even contain a small percentage of white grapes) and can be a true Rhone wine or one made in another country, such as the US or Australia.

While most red Rhone blends contain four or five varieties, such as Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, one famous Rhone blend, Châteauneuf-du-Pape can contain as many as thirteen different varieties! White Rhone blends contain varieties such as Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne.

Producers in several regions of California, such as Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties produce excellent Rhone blends (especially white blends in Santa Barbara), while New York State, Washington State and Virginia are also home to vintners that make Rhone blends.

Pair red Rhone blends with spicy, hearty foods such as game and roasts, while the white tend to work best with sushi/sashimi and fusion cuisine.