Monte De Oro’s wines are crafted in a style to showcase the true varietal character of each grape variety, balanced with the fruit-forward terroir of Temecula Valley and subtle influences from extended barrel aging in French, European and American oak barrels. What sets Monte De Oro apart is our careful attention to vineyard practices, such as canopy management and controlling yields, as well as our delicate handling of the fruit and wine throughout its time in the winery.
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2016 World Wine Championship
Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, green bell pepper and sweet cherry. Smooth and dry offering a light finish.
Recommended Pairing | Turkey Cranberry Club
Silver Medal – 2016 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
Our Rhone blend, medium-bodied with ripe red fruits, cherries, vanilla wafer, pink peppercorns and cherry cola.
Recommended Pairing | Steak Melt Sandwich
Zinfandel-Syrah blend - Ripe and jammy with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black peppercorns and all spice.
Recommended Pairing | Caesar Salad
Gold Medal - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This wine is nicely balanced with tastes of dense, ripe and jammy blackberries, bramble, bing cherries, currants, blueberries, dry blue plums, strawberries and red plums.
Recommended Pairing | Spanakopita
Medium bodied with tastes of ripe raspberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, red currants, red plums along with hints of vanilla/cherry cola, vanilla blossom, cocoa powder, shortbread, red bell pepper, allspice, jasmine and toasted oak.
Recommended Pairing | Rancho Cali Panini
92 Points, Gold Medal - 2017 Winemaker Challenge, San Diego
Tastes of blackberries, blackcherries, black currants and dried black plums. These flavors are complimented with accents of vanilla bean, coca blossoms, caramel, black licorice and pepper.
Recommended Pairing | BBQ Bacon Burger
Gold Medal - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
A ripe and jammy fruit taste complimented with vanilla and cocoa, cinnamon, all spice, anise, black peppercorns and toasty oak.
Recommended Pairing | Monte's Meatballs
Silver Medal - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Delightfully integrated, layered and smooth taste with elements reminiscent of dark cherries, plums and cherry cola with hints of bell pepper.
Recommended Pairing | Charcuterie Plate
(Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah blend) Tastes of cherries, plums, vanilla, currants, and blackberries complimented with subtle spice.
Recommended Pairing | Steak & Frites
90 Points, Gold Medal - 2017 Sommelier Challenge, San Diego
Fresh ripe blue and black fruits with a touch of fig. Accents of cocoa bean, clove, anise, red and black peppercorns with a long gripping finish.
Recommended Pairing | The Monte Special
Medium aroma intensity with youthful fruity, floral, tasty flavors of creme de cassis, damson plums, candied violets and strawberries and raspberries
Recommended Pairing | Steak and Frites
This dessert wine offers aromas of chocolate, creme de casis liqueur, caramel, ripe chocolate covered cherries, raisins, and hints of mocha.
Recommended Pairing | Vanilla Creme Brulee
Light and crisp offering aromas of green bananas, peach and citrus with zesty flavors of green apples, honey, apricots and bananas.
Recommended Pairing | Margherita Flatbread
Smooth layers of light peaches, honeydew melons, green apples and hints of guava complimented with minerality accents.
Recommended Pairing | Crispy Calamari
Medium-bodied offering a balanced taste of ripe, stone tropical fruits and melons. A long, lingering finish with delicate acidity.
Recommended Pairing | Caesar Salad
New York World Wine Competition 2016 | Silver Medal
“Delicious” and slightly sweet with tastes of peaches, pineapple and lemon accented by honeysuckle, grapefruit blossoms.
Recommended Pairing | Guacamole & Chips
2016 Sommelier Challenge, San Diego | 95 Points, Platinum Medal
The 2015 Muscat Canelli has a light lemon yellow color with a golden hue. It offers medium+ aroma intensity with an enticing sweet bouquet of honeysuckle and tropical fruits (pineapple, melons, pears, and peaches).
Recommended Pairing | Chipotle Beef & Cilantro Empanadas
Our “poolside” rose is made in true Rhone style, 91 % coming from Grenache/Mourvedre offering smooth, sweet tastes of strawberry, cherry and pomegranates with added aromas of roses and raspberries. The wine has a very pleasant finish of mouthwatering fruits that gentle linger.
Recommended Pairing | Butternut Squash Salad
American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition 2016| Double Gold Medal
Off dry, slightly sweet sparkling wine. Mellow fruity tastes of pear and melon with peaches, nectarines, sweet apples and pineapples.
Recommended Pairing | Truffle Fries
Monte De Oro’s 2012 Syrah Reserve is 100% Syrah. 60% comes from 3 of our best brand-new 2011 French Oak barrels (Quintessence, Rousseau and Alain Fouquet) and the remaining 40% from 2 of our neutral Oak barrels. The wine was barrel-aged for 42 months, producing 295 gallons. 225 gallons were used to produce this Reserve; 70 gallons were used for our limited edition 2011 Vigna Vicini Reserve (a Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend). It bottled aged for 18 months before being released.
This full bodied Syrah has a beautiful deep ruby purple color with high viscosity and slow-moving tears on the glass’s edge. It’s bouquet has developing fruit and non-fruit aromas with pronounced intensity. It is nicely balanced with high acidity, tannins and alcohol providing a pronounced flavor intensity – ripe to jammy developing black and blue fruit –
black bramble, huckleberry, blackcherry, blueberry, black and blue plums with vanilla and cocoa bean, red and black peppercorns, a crème Brulee top, toffee and coffee notes, beef jerky and charred oak.
“Vigna Vicini” or “Vineyard Neighbors” (in Italian), derives its name from Monte De Oro’s first vineyard – Vista Del Monte Vineyard. Planted in Spring 2001, Vista Del Monte consists of 5.2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 9.6 acres of Syrah grape – the only two grapes that grow on this vineyard, thus being neighbors! Our 2011 Vigna Vicini Reserve
was developed from our 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Syrah wines
– the composition is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah. 100% of this wine was aged in brand new French Oak barrels for 42 months and bottled in June 2014 producing only 60 cases.
This elegant, vibrant, fruity full bodied wine offers lively aromas and flavors of strawberries, Rainier cherries, red plums, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and blackcherries. A very tasty, broad-shouldered wine, it is nicely balanced with high tannins, crisp acidity and warm alcohols. It offers a satiny taste of the fruits noted above along with concentrated pomegranate-cassis jam and cherries jubilee, Its taste provides smooth complimentary accents of subtle red and black pepper, cocoa powder, holiday spices, dark roast coffee bean, black licorice and caramel/burnt sugar.