Del Mono

Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Tupungato, Uco Valley
People: Matias Michelini, Owner & Winemaker


Del Mono 2018 Tinto (Malbec/Syrah), Tupungato Login AG 91 <1 Case
Del Mono 2019 Tinto (Malbec/Syrah), Tupungato Login In Stock

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A new addition to the Passionate Wines collection, Del Mono is the brainchild of winemaker Matias Michelini. Located in the Uco Valley of Tupungato, Mendoza, Matias strives to make experimental wines expressive of the region's cool climate and high altitude terroir. His wines are extremely low production, drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles.

Del Mono, which means 'From the Monkey,' is crafted from village fruit sourced from sustainable, local growers in Tupungato. Aged in concrete eggs, Del Mono is vinified with minimal intervention and fermented with native yeast.


  • Del Mono 2018 Tinto (Malbec/Syrah), Tupungato
    Rating: 91 (9/15/2020)

    Bright medium red-ruby. Brambly blackberry, dark raspberry, black pepper, mocha and minerals on the nose, plus a touch of reduction. Then rich, broad and almost chocolatey on the palate, offering a fine-grained texture and very good concentration to its sweet, juicy dark berry, pepper and spice flavors. This is a fairly substantial, chocolatey-ripe wine for a Michelini brother (In this case, Matías) but I'm not complaining. Harmonious acidity and salty minerality give this wine early deliciousness but there's no rush to drink it. Finishes with a broad, fine dusting of tannins and a lingering note of cocoa powder. Malbec and Syrah are hardly a typical blend but I like the results here. A stunning bargain at $12, this wine should enter the U.S. market by the end of September.