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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Mourved 2016


    Medium weight with a moderate amount of black fruit on the nose. Balanced wine with black fruit and a generous amount of acidity and a smooth almost tanninless finish. Read More

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  • We're Having a Dirty and Rowdy Party this Sat.  Will post results ... ... here.Am interested in their Mourvedre offerings especially.  Join in if you ca Read More

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  • Murrieta's Well Dry Rose Livermore Valley 2017


    Nicely expressive rose petal and watermelon fruit aromas. Impressive depth of fruit on the palate with notes of cherry and strawberry, watermelon and cranberry, a touch of smoky earth towards the finish keeps the palate grounded but throughout theres a crisp acidity that plays well against the fruit. Read More

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  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2014


    Fruity, balanced with light tannin. Amazing acididty for a 15% ABV wine. Read More

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  • Fancy a bit of GSM to liven up your holiday? Is this your first time? ... ... grapes; Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the typical southern Rhone Valley trio that’s exciting winemakers across the world.I was in Western Australia’s beautiful Margaret River and was privileged to spend a couple of hours with two of Australia’s best known winemakers... 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...

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