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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  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

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    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... Vineyard. This carignane, mourvedre and zin blend really showed well and it was fun talking with our host about our recent afternoon spent tasting Bedrock wines in the vineyard. The next two stops were at Cerruti Cellars and Urban Legend. Both were nice but nothing real... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Barrel Tasting with...


  • John Duval "Plexus" Sgm Barossa Valley 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • John Duval "Plexus" Sgm Barossa Valley 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Stephen - I just saw this:"Dean Hewitson makes some great wines - his sons ... ... They do a great job with Mourvedre, either on its own or in various blends.BTW, the cover story in the most recent WS was about Australian wine in the US. To summarize: higher-end wines took a hit as people started questioning the scores for for high-octane wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Estancia Gsm Reserve 2012

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    A bit shy on the fruit. Bitter mid palate with a shortish finish. I'm not sure what the winemaker was trying to do with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Law Estate Rose 2015

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2009

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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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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