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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  • JD, where do I source this dirty and rowdy mourvedre?  From winery or is it distributed? Read More

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  • The iron notes are absolutely the soil.  No question about that.  But ... it's got a fair bit of Mourvedre.  Bandol, which is heavier on Mourvedre, is also very gamy.  I think the iron notes were a different thing and were a big source of what you didn't like about Cascine delle Rose.  I also agree those aren't going away, so unload the rest on... Read More

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  • Can we talk about "gaminess" in wine for a second?  It's ... ... I find gamy notes in Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Syrah the most.  They can be found in Cabernet, Tempranillo somewhat.  Pretty rarely would I describe Pinot, Sangio (except old Brunello), or Nebbiolo with that term.  I'm not exhaustively going through all the grapes that get put in... Read More

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    Wine review by jpjude

  • We enjoyed a nice 2010 J. V. Fleury Chateauneuf-du-Pape tonight with some ... ... Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.  I suppose it would have been better to wait another few years but it tastes fine right now.  I happened to decant it a few hours and now that I've checked their web site, I see that they recommend decanting a few hours.  Wha... Read More

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  • There's a happy rumor (OK, it is more than a rumor.) that Myriad is going ... ... 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre from our estate vineyard. We bled-off after two hours of skin contact and then fermented in neutral oak barrels. This is a rather serious Rosé – earthy, dried herb notes to balance the classic Grenache strawberry and cranberry frui... Read More

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  • Wayside Paso Robles Red Blend 2013


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection via Lot 18. Not bad, opens with blueberry compote, then some musk, prune, and milk chocolate, and ends with ripe apricot. Medium tannins and acidity. Medium mouthfull to the thin side, but a long finish of fig and ginger, smoke and moss. Not much there, but pleasant enough as a sipper. Held up pretty well to a ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Liquid Farm Rose Mourvedre Happy Canyon Vogelzang Vineyard 2014


    Really nice, refreshing rose from Liquid Farm. This has a light salmon color and subtle red cherry nose. There's more cherry, green melon, strawberry and a touch of lime on the tongue. Lively acidity and a medium long finish make this an extremely enjoyable summertime libation. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Lampe de Meduse Cru Classé Rosé 2014


    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


    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

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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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