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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  • Cline Cellars Cashmere 2013

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    The additional mourvedre (53%) shows through in this vintage with a good tannic bite. My preference would be for something more in the 20% range. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 2005

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    Very nice red Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. Still bright and lively, with crushed plum, black cherry, a touch of earthiness and a hint of spice on the back end. Very good acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Xavier Vignon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Ferraton Père and Fils Crozes-Hermitage la Matinière 2011

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    A whiff of barnyard (but not the good kind) and bit of that gaminess on the front end with muted ripe black plum and dried fig. The tannins were a touch harsh, not the best Rhone blend we've had. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kestrel "Falcon Series" Syrah Yakima Valley 2009

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    Blend of syrah and mourvedre. Very inky in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Cold climate in style with a nice tannic bite on the long finish. Very nice wine with high QPR. Very close to four glasses, we'll see what the second day brings. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Ravenswood Besieged Red Blend 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • That's a tough price range, David.  The one Chardonnay maker that you ... Sirah, Lagrein, Merlot and Mourvedre.  According to Wine Searcher it looks like several retailers are offering it in the high teens.In the meantime, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  Please feel free to jump into any of the conversation Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013

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    Very nice Paso rose. This has nice notes of bright cherry and strawberry, nice refreshing acidity and short to medium finish. This is not an overly complex wine, just something nice and easy to sip on the back porch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2009

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    Wine review by anstett


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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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