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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  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016

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    Very pretty wine, plumish in color and nicely pure. When first opened the syrah was front and center with lots of blue and black fruit finishing with some acid and some noticable tannin. With air the grenache stepped forward and offered some cherry with a soft finish. This is the third vintage of this wine I've drank and if you enjoy cotes du rh... Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Domaine Lafage Grand Cuvee Rose 2016

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    The wine is made from a combination of Grenache, Grenache Gris, and Mourvedre grapes, hand-harvested from sixty-five to eighty year-old vines. Gentle direct press prevents bitterness. Even the taille (a type of juice produced during the pressing process that contains more tannin than sugar or acidity) is discarded. What we have here is bottle th... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finca Luzon Jumilla 2014

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    Always fresh and inviting this is no exception. Juicy red and dark berry fruits mingle in nuanced ways that allow a touch of pepper to flow adding to moderate tannins and always good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Have you been drowning in rosé? For most of us it’s a summertime ... Grenache, Grenache Gris, and Mourvedre grapes, hand-harvested from sixty-five to eighty year-old vines. Gentle direct press prevents bitterness. Even the taille (a type of juice produced during the pressing process that contains more tannin than sugar or acidity) is discarded... Read More

    From the article Summer Rose for Fall & Winter Pairings


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    Wonderful effort here. Bright red fruit, a touch of blackberry add to earthiness, sweet black cherry tannins and good acidity to give this a fresh, lingering finish. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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    Layers of nuanced red and dark fruits, cherry and plum with a little dusty earth thrown. Gentle tannins and well balanced acidity allow the elegance of this grenache driven wine to shine. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Somehow looks like a combo between Southern Rhone and Bordeaux and Northern ... and the cab franc, or the mourvedre and syrah?  Perhaps they could acknowledge their more recent California del Norte wine culture heritage and throw in some Zin as well. One wonders why they avoided Spanish (other than the garnacha), too, or is that still a coloni... Read More

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