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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  • Jaffurs Syrah Santa Barbara County 2013

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    Noticeable yeast odor on opening the bottle. In the glass, it is not noticeablemore of tart red fruit. Yes, red plum and a suggestion of cherry on the tip of the tongue. Initial impression is sweet. As the wine passes back I get more of the acid tartness that I like. Some sort of a smoky thing on the rear palate. A tingling on the tongue t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere 2011

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    Saved a bottle of this for a few years. Have found it is different than the ... ... A bit softer and less mourvedre. At five years the wine has turned a bit brickish at the edges and has lost some of its fruitiness and some pleasent acidity has taken it place. It has soft tannins on the finish but with noticable drying. Wish this blend were m... Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... (37%), Grenache (34%), and Mourvedre (29%) was produced from fruit sourced at Hattrup Farms in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA of Washington State. Violet and black plum aromas provide a welcoming entry point. Red and black raspberry and cherry flavors dominate the palat... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch 2012

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    Dark red plum color. Fairly fruity nose. Plum is my initial tongue sensationvery close to, but not quite prune in sweetness and texture. Noticeable, but not blatant tannin along with similar acid give this wine backbone and structure. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    More red than blue in color. Bright tart nosesome earthiness. Initial impression belies the nose. Candied berry fruit on the tip of the tonguecherry. As the wine passes back under the palate I get more earthiness and tartness, and the wine acquires sophistication and complexity. It does seem a bit hot, and Im OK with that. As my taste buds... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Yecla 2004

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    Wine review by FirstSecurityServices


  • Bedrock Ode To Lulu Rose 2015

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    Lovely salmon color in the glass. Sprightly, flowery nose. Very nice acid tartness on the tip of the tongue. Fruit flavor of, more than anything else, kiwi, although the tartness is more like lemon. Amazingly crisp and almost bone dry. I think the sweetness I am detecting is because of the fruity sensations, not from any RS. Just a terrific... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Law Estate Wines Sagacious Paso Robles California 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Cline Mourvèdre Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2013

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    This is listed under the "Big and Bold" heading at Wine.com - They are right. This rating may be a point high, however - this was the biggest surprise out of a bottle of Cline I've ever experienced. Large blackberry, pepper - not over bearing, but large - chocolate, earth tones, fine grained and good acidity - Buy this and drink it - Paul 90 po... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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