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 St Damien Gigondas Cuvee Louisiane 2005


    Full of bright red cherry fruit. Old-world terroir on the nose, which mingles with cherry and floral aromas. Red fruit on the palate with silky tannins made this a pleasure to drink. Not a very long finish, which makes this an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Wine Road through Provence and PiemonteLooking at the World through a Glass of ... ... Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes. At street side cafés, it is chilled and served by the glass complete with an outer coating of condensed moist air. More at: & Barbaresco: Where the Nebbia and Nebbiolo HangO... Read More

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  • Hello all. We'll be spending a weekend in Paso Robles later in the month and I was overwhelmed by the list of wineries there.Could some of my more experienced Snooth buddies suggest a half dozen or so "don't-miss" cellars we should visit? I like Four Vines, so I know I'm planning to go there. Suggestions?(and as a random aside, can you take a... Read More

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  • Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by brucealti

  • Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom 2006


    This is a big, full-bodied blend of dark, jammy berries and black pepper with subtle spice notes and an oaky finish. The wine possesses a high tannin level (relatively acidic), which suggests superior pairings with fatty foods, such as soft cheeses, lamb shanks and sausages. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl

  • Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom 2005


    I'm glad I found this wine. Very unique, very deep and complex. A surprise for sure, but something that didn't take long to really start to enjoy. It really cam into its own after about a 30 minutes in the decanter. Surely worth the price and I would buy this vintage over the 2006. Read More

    Wine review by dddunn

  • Ch Beaucastel Chat du Pape 2007


    Chocolate on the nose with a a slight hint of damp vegetation. light fruit on the front with chocolate coming through on the mid palette and finish with some woodiness and tobacco. Crisp acidity towards the end helps to provide overall balance. Read More

    Wine review by jkagel

  • Cline Mourvèdre Contra Costa County 2006


    This wine is great, particularly the 2006 which even the winery doesnt have available anymore. Buy it from the one vendor who does have it. Wonderful fresh nose, medium bodied,stone fruit and strawberry on palate, light finsish with soft/no tannin. This is no white zin. Great summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by grappajon

  • Albero Monastrell 2007


    also try the spanish sparklig wine its all organic Read More

    Wine review by rip van

  • Albero Monastrell 2007


    this wine is widely available at trader joe;s ask me the wine guy at tj;s in sac cal Read More

    Wine review by rip van

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