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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    Disappointing Rating 84. the complex nose is the best about this wine. OPtherwise lot of acid and hint of bitterness on a lean frame Read More

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  • Bodegas Alto Almanzora Red Blend Almeria Este 2009


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  • Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008


    We had our first glasses last evening. We'd heard through the grapevine (no pun) that this year was going to be a disappointment. That rumor was WAY off the mark. We found it a bit more fruitful than the 2007, without being any sweeter. A wonderful deep red, we also found it a little softer in the mouth, less peppery. This has become our new fav... Read More

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  • Miner Family Vineyards the Odyssey Napa Valley Rhone Blend 2005


    60% Syrah25% Grenache15% MourvedreSyrah driven aromatics of grilled meats, violets and licorice and enhanced with a deep base of moist dirt and jammy, spicy strawberry tones. This is too sweetly fruited to be mistaken for a Rhone wine but it certainly shares certain traits, stony notes, soil, leather, and aromatic woodsy tones all contributing ... Read More

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