Mourvèdre

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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  • Lampe de Meduse Cru Classé Rosé 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Really nice Provence rose. Light salmon color with watermelon and a hint of mint on the nose. On the palate is lively citrus, tart bing cherry, a touch of melon, lively acidity and a medium long finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, and the bottle is kind of neat also. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2013

    Snoothrank:

    PnPed. Fairly dark red color. Subdued nosemay open up with more airbut there is noticeable dried fruit hits. On the tongue and under the palate, there is a delightful but light initial hit of dark fruitIm sticking with the dried fruit idea and saying prunewithout a lot of fruity sweetness. Not unexpectantly, this isn't the biggest red wine i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Adelaida Version Red Reserve Anna's Estate Vineyard 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This is an excellent blend of Mourvedre, syrah and grenache noir. Fairly dark in the glass, silky smooth, loads of dark red and black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, ripe plum, ripe blueberry, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Not as earthy or funky as I would expect for a GSM. This baby seems to be hitting its stride. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tonight I opened this Paso red from Adelaida.  This is an excellent blend of Mourvedre, syrah and grenache noir. Fairly dark in the glass, silky smooth, loads of dark red and black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, ripe plum, ripe blueberry, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Not as earthy or funky as I would expect for a GSM. ... Read More

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  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the ... ... in the state. 60% Mourvedre/40% Grenache. Incredibly easy to drink.  Initial hit of prune flavor is not over the top. As you might expect not the biggest red wine in the world, but not shy, either.  Manageable tannin and acid say "drink me now."  I'm OK with that.... Read More

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  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

    Snoothrank:

    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Rose 2014

    Snoothrank:

    With an impressive read on the French label, it sounded like this rose' was worth a go. Colour was a bit of a warning, as most rose's I enjoy are a light to deep pink with a boarderline red. Scent was light, a bit floral and also concerning but taste is what matters. On the pour, it seemed very peach. Peach? Okay, trying not to judge a wine... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • I like a couple of Larry's wines, the Outlier, The Climb (hommage to Shafer ... ... Syrah). Also hear that Mourvedre is really nice in 2011. He's clearly 100% in to what he does and many wine related issues like closures. Think it's good of him to take a less serious approach. Also out the door right no Read More

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  • At least I thought it was.This article was linked over on WB.  I thought I would post the link, here:Don't Fear WineLarry Schaffer is the owner/winemaker at Tercero Wines up in the Los Olivos/Santa Ynez area.  He posts regularly over on Wineberserkers, and I usually enjoy his comments.  In this article, I which, I guess, he was the interviewee, ... Read More

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  • Chateau Grande Cassagne Gs 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Had a bottle of this last night with a veal dish - it went really well with the food and was also very nice to sip on after we were done eating. Great value for around $10. Will definitely buy again!! Read More

    Wine review by katjoeus


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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.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens


  • Erm, what about Bandol?! Lots of info and notes available here: http://www.winewriting.com/Bandol%20Mourvedre.htm Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: http://www.winewriting.com/Monastrell%20Mourvedre.htm And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: http://www.winewriting.com/Understanding%20Mourvedre.htm Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


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