MadoroM Vineyards and Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Prime Rib
MadoroM Vineyards and Winery is a family affair creating handcrafted and artisan wines from Napa Valley grapes. They produce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a Proprietary Red Blend (see a previous article at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2021/10/07/2018-madorom-camouflage-proprietary-red-wine/ ) and Sauvignon Blanc. Their new tasting room is located on the Silverado Trail. MadoroM wines is a collaboration of Andy and Marissa Amador and the talented winemaker Mike Blom. At age 27, Andy purchased a 188 acre ranch in the eastern Napa Valley and he planted 50 acres on the property. He later planted a vineyard at the base of Mt. Veeder. The name MadoroM is an incorporation of all their names!
The wine on the eyes was a dark, luscious purple color with a medium heavy viscosity. In the glass it had aromas of blackberries, cherries and spices. Once on the palate, a decidedly oaky presence along with blackberry and forest floor aromas and tastes. On the finish, the spiciness of clove, nutmeg, cedar with chocolate rounding out this delicious wine with structure and enjoyable tannins. The wine is age for 3 years using 26-28% new and the balance being used or neutral oak. The split overall of barrel use is 70% French and 30% American oak. The wine lists for $95 on their website.
The Food and Wine Pairing
The Friday night Wine & Dine group met at Vine18 at the Copper Valley Golf Club. Their special last evening was prime rib, baked potato and seasonal vegetables. This made for an exquisite meal with the wine engulfing the prime rib and the meat taking on new dimensions with the wine. A harmonious dining experience.
One of our party even paired the wine with a beautifully plated fresh swordfish. I personally don’t recommend this pairing, but the plating was just too gorgeous not to show the artistic handiwork of Executive Chef Albert Sandoval.