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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  • Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by obiwandog


  • Bodegas Hiljos de Juan Gil Wrongo Dongo 2003

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    Nothing special in this wine. A good example of a low end Jumilla. Bit of a one note player with a longer than expected finish. I'd buy this again due to value and serve it on a Tuesday Read More

    Wine review by obiwandog


  • Castano Solanera Monastrell Cabernet Yecla 2005

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    Vanilla and black fruit nose. Vanilla for miles. Nice tartness, a good bit of refreshing acidity, wooded, tannic, with lingering dark chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Bodegas Carchelo Agapito Rico Monastrell Jumilla 2006

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    Wine review by applescruffs


  • Bodegas Carchelo Agapito Rico Monastrell Jumilla 2006

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    One word: versatile. This medium-bodied red will feel equally at home with the finest filet or mom's homemade spaghetti. Made from the Monastrell (AKA Mourvèdre) grape, it's mild tannins minimize "tartiness" while dark cherry and berry undertones balance the wine's spice flavors wonderfully, culminating in a seamless finish.This wine will charm ... Read More

    Wine review by applescruffs


  • Rosenblum Appellation Mouvedre 2006

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    bought at winery in 2007. nice, strong, smoky Read More

    Wine review by nattyjhuff


  • Clos St Jean Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 750m France-Rhone Red 2005

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    One of the most intense wines (in balance) that I have ever tasted. Its richness is kept in check with layers of purity, complexity and texture. This wine bleeds terroir and passionate winemaking. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Clos St Jean Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 750m France-Rhone Red 2005

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    Best in show. Dark and brooding at first glance. Soft and succulent as you get to know her. Balanced and perfect when you walk away thinking about her. The wines concentration and intensity is focused throughout the experience. Never wavering, cannot find a flaw in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee 2002

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    soft, gentle tannins and airy balance lend this red to warm, outdoor weather and light snack accompaniment. Read More

    Wine review by joss


  • I've gotten a few questions from both consumers and producer about this GTi since Grenache is one of the world's greatest blending grapes. Well rest assured that we are equal opportunity imbibers here at Snooth and are interested in any wine that gives you your Grenache fix! To start us off allow me to run straight for the southern Rhone and wri... Read More

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