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 2013

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    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was ... ... 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not really a full-bodied wine. I think it would be fine with poultry dishes. I have read t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Bodegas Volver "Triga" Alicante 2012

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  • Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla 2012

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    This is as good a "low key" wine as there is. There a little red berry fruit, a little whisp of smoke, coffee and a little mocha. The mid-palate is fleshy with out a lot of definition but pleasing none-the-less. The finish sees modest tannins matched with equal acidity. Drink now. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla 2012

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  • Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla 2012

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  • Our first really warm day here this year.  Had some friends over for bbq ... I'd hoped for (I like Mourvedre from Jumillia) but with the heat and wine....well, we were feeling fine and full.  Good day and that's all that matters. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Juan Gil Silver Label Jumilla Do 2011

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    Wine review by Aurelio A


  • Cline Cellars Mourvedre Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2011

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    At five years much of the fruit has been tamed and balancing acid and tannin have stepped forward. A bit of earthiness has shown threw also. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


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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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