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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  • Bedrock Ode To Lulu Rose 2015

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    Lovely salmon color in the glass. Sprightly, flowery nose. Very nice acid tartness on the tip of the tongue. Fruit flavor of, more than anything else, kiwi, although the tartness is more like lemon. Amazingly crisp and almost bone dry. I think the sweetness I am detecting is because of the fruity sensations, not from any RS. Just a terrific... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Law Estate Wines Sagacious Paso Robles California 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Cline Mourvèdre Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2013

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    This is listed under the "Big and Bold" heading at Wine.com - They are right. This rating may be a point high, however - this was the biggest surprise out of a bottle of Cline I've ever experienced. Large blackberry, pepper - not over bearing, but large - chocolate, earth tones, fine grained and good acidity - Buy this and drink it - Paul 90 po... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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  • Hahn Estates Grenache Gsm 2013

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  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was ... ... 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not really a full-bodied wine. I think it would be fine with poultry dishes. I have read t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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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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