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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  • Dirty & Rowdy Evangelho Vineyard Mourvedre 2018

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    Very attractive red plum color. Something of a barnyard nose. Subdued fruit on entry that leans more toward black than red berry berrry. Interesting tartness. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Fairly sedate tannin. Would definitely be happier with a few more sideways years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau l'Hospitalet la Clape Grand Vin 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Epoch Estate Wines Veracity 2015

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    Nice, round wine. Stewed dark fruit on entry. Then a tinge of tartness. Some foliage or stemminess. Quite full-bodied. Astringent way in the rear palate, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Winery Two Acres Russian River Valley 2017

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    The first of this bottling I've ever tried. Lovely dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, prune--that is not "sweet" at all. Fairly viscous mouthfeel. Some spice--cinnamon, nutmeg. Stiff tannin and good acid forecast a few years of aging would be beneficial. Note to self: buy more, next time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2015

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    Opens with red fruit--cranberry, red plum, strawberry. Acid tartness led me to calling out cranberry. Some baking spices. Tannin seems to sneak up on me. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2016

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    Nice introduction of muted red berry fruit. Good acid tartness. Interestinly, while looking at the grape variety components of this wine, one migjt think this is a big red bruiser. On the contrary it is fairly elegant. This wine could accompany a wide variety of foods from a hearty steak to a flavorful cornish game hen. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roc d'Anglade Rose Vdp du Gard 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for £10.The Gard is a department in the south of France at the junction between the Rhone valley,Languedoc and Provence.Red,rose and white wines produced in the department from many different grape types may use the Vin de Pays du Gard designation although there are appel... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Mataro 2017

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    Medium-bodied wine with upfront red fruit--strawberry, red raspberry--and, maybe, some stone fruit--apricot comes to mind; Pretty good acid. Some herbalness, mid-palate. An easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2014

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    Terrific wine. Dark fruit on opening--berry, stone fruit. Some herbalness--sage. Some may be intimidated by the 15% ABV, but I do not find it to be hot, although there is a "sweetness" that can probably be attributed to alcohol. A big, full-bodied wine with good structure. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Les Vignerons d'Estezargues les 40emes Rugissants Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


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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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