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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  • I had a couple Cavallotto Barolos that certainly smelled, umm, poopy upon ... ... ... dish.  It had no mourvedre, although it tasted like it, IMO.  Mostly Syrah, also carignane, a bit of grenache and counoise.  Tannic as hell when we opened it, mellowed a bit over time.Dave, I've had few bottles of Cahors (including another one that smelled p... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles En Gobelet 2011


    Fairly nice Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. The nose was dark berries with a touch of smoke and tar. The palate was a bit subdued and somewhat shutdown. There was some black cherry and ripe black plum along with a bit of cedar. The acidity was decent and the finish a tad short. May have needed some more time to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Cambria (more or less in that order).  We have one night in Pismo Beach that we can go out for dinner, and we can do a very limited amount of wine tasting because we will have the kids.  So, where do we have dinner in Pismo?  If we eat out in Cambr... Read More

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  • Albero Jumilla Organic Monastrell 2014


    Well balanced and true to form. A little on the dry side for the grape. Full mouth feel, a little spice on the black pepper. Dark cherry attack. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Finally getting in to the Rose act. Some 2014 Dragonette while out on the town ... too much. 70% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah. Whole cluster pressed, which makes sense. 13.2% ABV, neutral barrels and stainless steel they say! Malo is blocked, so may be a good one for the likes of Fox, NG, and others.And hopefully some time to drink this R... Read More

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  • Stinson Vineyards Rose 2014


    Fruitier than past vintages but still with the slight smokiness that gives away its 100% Mourvedre composition. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2013


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  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014


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  • 2014 UNTI Dry Creek Valley Rose- 68% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre; 13.8% ETOH Read More

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  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2011


    Raspberry flavors with medium tannins and a velvety finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

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