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Monte De Oro

Monte De Oro
2019 Galway Vineyard, Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24

Monte De Oro
2019 Galway Vineyard, Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
Pale old gold color. Aromas of sesame-honey candies, baked plantains, pecans, wild citrus, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, carefree sunflower seeds, lemon custard, and pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive hot climate Chardonnay with intriguing flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: sesame-honey candies, baked plantains, pecans, wild citrus, and caramel
Taste Flavor: sunflower seeds, lemon custard, and pineapple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive hot climate Chardonnay with intriguing flavors.

The Producer

Monte De Oro Winery

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

Their Portfolio

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.
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.

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.