Common synonyms: Monastrell, Motaro, Alcayata (Spain), Damas Noir, Negria, Esparte, Trinchiera

Parentage of the grape: native of Spain
History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually brought to Provence, France some time during the Middle Ages and spread into the Rhone where it became the dominant varietal. But the late 19th century Phylloxera epidemic was very unkind to the grape and hybrid graftings that otherwise salvaged many grape varieties proved resistant to much of the Mourvedre. The ones that survived lived in the sandy soil of the Bandol and Mediterranean coast. For this reason, most of the Rhone was replanted with other graft-friendly varietals such as Syrah and Grenache. It wasn’t until after World War II that stronger rootstocks were developed and Jacques Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel began blending the grape into Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Since then, plantings throughout the Rhone and other parts of France increased Read more »

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  • I would never mix those 4 varieties into one tasting because they are such ... ... ... vineyards such as Cab, Mourvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel from Bedrock Vineyard but alas they don't make em that wa Read More

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  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), ... Read More

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  • I was wanting the Mourvedre too. Sadly I passed.Took a flier on both the Andegavia 3L BIB Pinot and Sauv Blanc. $99 for a case delivered is ridonkulous. Read More

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  • Yeah the wine library thing looks good though I may not make it in time for any ... wines (Outlier, The Climb, Mourvedre), too ba Read More

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  • Haven't had Rascal or Keating but I've had all the others and 2 of them ... - I was doing a tasting of Mourvedre from around the world so he threw in a few bottles. Larry is also one of those under the radar kinds of producers. Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011


    Fruity, light, but a variety of flavors Read More

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  • Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Yecla Dulce 2007


    Wow, I can not tell you how long it has been in my possession or how many times I have almost taken this bottle out of the "cellar" and said to myself "Nah, it is only a Spanish Red, I've got better". Wrong. INCREDIBLE RED. It is always about your mind set when it comes to enjoying wine. On January 16, 2015, my mind was in the zone. Starting tom... Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas seems to get a lot of love around here, but I also like the ... ... ... one is 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5 % Syrah.  And I think that should be GRENACHE.  Clearly, the dominiant impression is the red fruit forward characteriestic.  There is some smoky herbalness here, but, wow, it packs a big front-fruity wallop.  Mid-level t... Read More

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  • Halcon Estate Red Rhone Blend "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands 2012


    Bright red color. Strawberry Preserves on the nose with some smokiness. Very bright on the tongue. Lots of red fruit. Something of an effervescence on the tip edges of the tongue. Comfortable tannin and good supporting acid. I think this wine has some mid-term aging potential, (I think various components could be better integrated), but ... Read More

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  • Unsung hero varietal known as Monastrell here in the Levant area of Spain. Look out for wines from the DOs of Jumilla,Yecla and Bullas where prices are low for such high quality wines.

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  • Erm, what about Bandol?! Lots of info and notes available here: Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James

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