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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  • Rosemount Gsm Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre Mclaren Vale 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by micmic


  • Bogle Vineyards Red Blend California Phantom 2005

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    NIce. Dusky and oaky, almost like a white, but with dark, spicy flavors like chocolate and plum. Not as fruity as some that are this big in body. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Owen Roe Sinister Hand Grenache Syrah Mouvedre Columbia Valley 2007

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    Wine review by jternes


  • Casa de la Ermita Mourvedre Blend Jumilla Crianza 2004

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    Wine review by moodymalbec


  • Next week Trader Joe's will open a location just minutes from my home, I know they have all kinds of great specialty foods, and I've been told you can get some great inexpensive wine buys to stock up on. Any recommendations for their reds that are suitable for everyday enjoyment? I prefer Zins, Cabs and Pinot Noir. ~ thank you ~ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trader Joe's


  • Anaba Red Rhone Blend Sonoma Valley Coriol 2006

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    Good food wine, could stand up to a lot of flavors, even Asian. Read More

    Wine review by msweaazey


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Markedly different from the 2003. This is the wine to go for if you want a more meaty, fruity wine. The '03 is for structure and finesse.[compared to the '03]. Richer, more mouthfeel, much more youthful tannins. Plums dominate, but the tannins really build over time. A powerful wine, although the finish is smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Le Cigare Volant 2003

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    Tobacco, figs and pepper on the nose. A refined wine, with just the perfect amount of age. The fruit's still there - black cherry, blackcurrant, raisins - but there are also some nice secondary aromas - leather. Its very fruity, on the verge of being too much, so I bet its improved over the last few years as the fruit had time to die down. Nice ... Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Wine review by lindseys


  • Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla 2006

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    Inky purple in the glass. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, tobacco, and more. Medium bodied, but then come the tannins: firm, full and well integrated. Yum. Consistently a great wine at an even better price. Read More

    Wine review by Toddler


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