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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  • Adelina Shiraz Mataro 2012


    Light and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Nice wrap-up of some tastings with a bit of experience added in.  I have ... ... (Cariñena) and Mourvedre (Monastrell, I think).  I have never had the opportunity to try Janesse (my misfortune, given the brand's reputation), but will try to seek it out in my travels.  But I think we all agree that CdR has a special flavour that is most pleasi... Read More

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  • It is a good go-to. The CdR is unique though, and while there are copies all ... Grenache and Carignan and Mourvedre come from in the first place. Widely available and pretty good for the price is Tres Picos and the winemaker, or former winemaker, also made a CdR in France, I believe Janasse but I'm not 100 pct on that. In any event, that wine... Read More

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  • Yes, even the mass-produced CdR is usally very quaffable - although it all ... The Syrah/Mourvedre components are getting more prominent, though, and this helps quality move upward - though there is nothing wrong with Grenache at all... just that it needs to be properly cropped and harvested on good sites like any other grape.  My bias, however... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • Pause a moment and think about Thanksgiving. Do you roast, smoke, or fry your ... Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Carignan, and Calitor vying for attention. However, “maceration,” explains Guillaume Demoulin, fourth-generation winemaker at Château de Trinquevedel, “is key to expressing the complexity of Tavel.” He ... Read More

    From the article Tavel Rose Is The Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving

  • Finally drank some D&R wines, with some interesting results.L - The D&R ... D&R Snake Ridge Ranch MourvedreHere's the problem that I and everybody else had with them. They were all like a buffed up rose or pinot noir, both in color and body. Both showed strawberry, raspberry, light tannins with stronger acidity that pulled little with it. The m... Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah Grenache Blend 2015


    Unpretentious berry fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry. Slight suggestion of vanilla. After the initial impressions it moves towards savory. Nice full-bodied wine. Sturdy tannins. Acid makes it very drinkable and, along with the tannin, suggests improvement from more sideways resting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I'm opening one 2016 mourvedre Sat night -  the Snake Ranch, plus a couple of others:The only one in this picture we WON'T be try is the Petie Sirah and we are opening these also:I appreciate your comments because I'm trying figure aging potential of the D&R wines.  I'll have 5 left after Sat. Read More

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  • Ives, do you recall what bottling you had?I have two D&R 2016 Mourvedres--Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard and Skinner White Oak Flats.  I am super stupid about Mourvedre, and am wondering how your comments relate to the bottles that I have. 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.

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  • 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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