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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  • Château de Jau Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2014

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    Browny/root/garnet coloration and decent clarity in appearance....Aromas that are heavy charcoal, Earthy, leather, grilled New York Striploin steak meatiness and lingers on after the initial wafts and being exposed to oxygen. The flavors go back and forth between fruit forward cherry and grape, and smoke/leather/meat. The mouthfeel is medium/f... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. ... Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Mourvedre making up the balance. The bright nose is appealing with cracked black peppercorn, anise and black cherry aromas. The even keeled palate shows off a combination of black and red fruits intermingling. Dusty dark chocolate and wisps... Read More

    From the article Fire up the barbecue. Zin is in.


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... and Rhône in origin: Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Tannat. White stand-outs include Roussanne, Vermentino, Viognier, and Blanc du Bois. Rosé is gaining ground, not only for the quality of production, but because of its versatile appeal in our warm climate. A few y... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    PnPed. Musty nose. May blow off in a few minutes. Red fruit on entrysome raspberry, but, as much as anything, thing not very tart cranberry, if such a thing exists. Firm but not obtrusive tannin. I would give a similar description for acid. Far from the most full-bodied Zin. Sure enough. The mustiness on the nose on opening was probably... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2015

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    Hints of dark berry fruit and blood orange on the nose. A tad bitter on entry then the fruit, spice and vanilla enter only for the bitter tannins return on the finish. Needs a little time to jell. Hold 6-12 months - 83 pts - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    Spicy and concentrated black cherry and blackberry aromas. Soft and earthy in the mouth with a dry dusty palate and a bit of tar - muted fruit notes of cherry and blackberry and a black olive finish that's chewy with textured tannins and a creamy smoke on the tail. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

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    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... Vineyard. This carignane, mourvedre and zin blend really showed well and it was fun talking with our host about our recent afternoon spent tasting Bedrock wines in the vineyard. The next two stops were at Cerruti Cellars and Urban Legend. Both were nice but nothing real... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Barrel Tasting with...


  • John Duval "Plexus" Sgm Barossa Valley 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


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