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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  • Bodegas Castano Solanera Pre-Arrival 2012


    RP 94 Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv

  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2014


    Really good Paso Rose. A bit of a darker red, there's plenty of fresh strawberry, rhubarb, bright red cherry and a touch of citrus. There's nice crisp acidity and a fairly long finish for a Rose. Overall, an excellent summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2011


    recommended at Starrs, on sale. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm

  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2011


    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Domaine Roger Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2007


    very well balanced, perhaps it is the 7 years age that has help this wine develop into a surprisingly flavorful, balanced and great drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by erapaich

  • Beat the heat with the pale princess.  That's the advice of Eric ... available in June, is mostly mourvedre, with a bit of cinsault and grenache, and is lovely, with mineral and licorice flavors that linger.”  Chateau Simone’s Palette Rosé 2013 was on the high-end of the list, with a price tag of $65. “The ‘13 is pure, substantial and deep, wi... Read More

    From the article New York Times is Ready for Summer, Rose

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... of Wine ... of Wine Tree Farms Corinne Mourvedre, which seems like a screaming bargain at the WineClub price of $14, and an Uphill Tempranillo.  I had some question about whether they were switched at the bar, since the alleged Mourvedre tasted more like a crianza Tempranillo--bright... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • "Crianza" just means there has been some aging regimen.  In ... ... in Paso Robles and bought a Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah blend from the Asuncion Ridge tasting room.  We drank it tonight--and while those grapes aren't too esoteric in various combinations, Cab and Mourvedre in one qualify as something different.  We had chicken with olives, fennel, a... Read More

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  • First part done.So the locals also suggested Jocko's to my wife, and we ... ... gratis of a blend of 76% mourvedre, 19% cab and the rest syrah after I told her that was pretty strange sounding.  Cab and syrah, sure, the Aussies do it and the Bordelaise did it.  Mourvedre and Syrah, Bandol or southern Rhone,  but Cab and Mourvedre sound like th... Read More

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  • Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013


    Jammy nose, just a hint burnt. Lots of blackberries, with a bit of tangy underripe orange. Pleasing structure. It went well with a pastrami-Swiss sandwich. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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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: 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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