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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  • Domaine Bunan Bandol Moulin des Costes 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave de Rasteau Ortas Rasteau 'Tradition' 2014

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  • Pierre Joet Rose NV sounds like a nice treat! Read More

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  • Thanks for posting this, JD.  I'll put up a full report later tonight (I hope) with notes from a great visit with the Emarks.  I've got lots to say about everyone's hospitality.  Also had lunch with LingProf, who is pretty busy but sends regards.  Read More

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  • Which wine did you put the coconut cream into? Read More

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  • Yes it was Loccasion...it was a wine that we had hanging around our kitchen (mostly in the fridge) for over a year. Totally underestimated this one, was highly enjoyable! Read More

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  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... wine back, and this and the Mourvedre below were the lot I took. So in researching today, it looks like this is a Clairette, Marsanne blend which makes a lot of sense as it didn't have the elevated acidity I'd expect from Sauv Blanc, seeming better for early cons... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Red Blend "Shebang" 9th Cuvee California NV

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    Fruit basket on the nose with some very nice floral notes. Taste of Zinfandel and Syrah with balancing acidity and a nice fruity light tannin finish. Great QPR, buy all you can find. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Thanks guys. The Lulu was excellent. Light watermelon, great acidity and a ... ... streak across the md-palate. Mourvedre from Bedrock Vineyard, Pagani Ranch and Gibson Ranch in Mendocino County. Glad I bought a case. The Crane was an '11 MJET. Showing the leanness of the vintage but in Mike's case it made it great with the Tri-Tip as it still... Read More

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