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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  • So DV, guessing you're having the caribou with that?Nice day in the ... is ... ... is a fantastic rose of Mourvedre, light, crisp, bright cherry, a hint of watermelon, a touch of lime, just a great way to welcome Sprin Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Reserve GSM Sonoma County Lot#111 2013


    Red fruit on the nose. Red and dark fruits on the palate with a good balance of acid and tannin. At it's best on the second day. Read More

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  • Bodegas Luzon Mourvedre Blend Jumilla Altos de Luzón 2009


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  • Big Basin Vineyards "Homestead" Santa Cruz/Monterey Syrah 2012


    Young at the moment, but a wine worthy of aging. Read More

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  • Yeah Al#1, true carbonic maceration is for Bojo Nouveau for drink me now wines ... ... Rowdy does this with his Mourvedre. He ends up with a lighter bodied lower alc wine with more tannic structure but not a lot of other extraction that takes a few years to come into its ow Read More

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  • Escudo de Plata Gran Reserva Bodegas Fernandez Jumilla 2007


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  • Thanks OT - you're right. It was the Ashley's! Not the Mt Carmel. I ... fave was actually the Camp 4 Mourvedre, from several vintages.  Gotta get up to see him one of these days soon.Actually  have a few PNs here from B-Day and they've been rather interesting. Loring's for example. I had one of his cheaper ones the other day - quite a bit diff... Read More

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  • The grapes don't come from Vegas though, Greg. They ship em in from ... ... ... Sauv, Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre, Barbera, Syrah and Zin. I'm sure it delicious. Read More

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  • One French varietal is working its way to the front of the pack after spending ... ... such as grenache and mourvedre, are most adverse to our sometimes brutal winters,” Radil said. “And yet, planted wisely and maintained properly, they also have found a home in Washington, albeit to a much smaller extent.” After giving a brief explanation of... Read More

    From the article Rhone, Rhone, Rhone Your Boat: Washington Wineries Turning To French River Valley Grape

  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... 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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