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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  • Had some friends over - due to inclement weather not everyone showed - for a ... this price point, this 100% Mourvedre - was exceptional.  Pure dark berry fruits, spice - mainly pepper, wet earth, dark cherry with a rim of butterscotch and chocolate, rounded mellow tannins and good acidity frame the wine and help to provide a lengthy aftertast... Read More

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  • Cline Cashmire "Exquisite" Red Blend 2013

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    88 pts and a great food wine!! Delicate and smooth with ripe red berry fruit and a dash od blueberry, chewy tannins, vanilla and pepper combine with good acidity to give a lingering, juicy aftertaste. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • This is from Friday night's dinner and Saturday's nail biter between ... ... was from dinner - mostly Mourvedre (One of my favorite grapes.), it suited blackened chicken well with it's dark berry fruit and peppery profile.  My Mark West was a lark.  I've had it in years and I found it's smokey notes back then a little off-putting.  Still the s... Read More

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  • Onx Wines Mad Crush Paso Robles 2014

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    Smoky, red berry and red cherry aromas with a dash of heat and a pop of black pepper spice. Full and robust palate of ripe cherry, strawberry, raspberry and red licorice, this is a touch imbalanced at times but does demonstrate good ripe fruit and a bit of chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... ... Tempranillo, Malbec, Mourvedre, ZinfandelSmoky, red berry and red cherry aromas with a dash of heat and a pop of black pepper spice. Full and robust palate of ripe cherry, strawberry, raspberry and red licorice, this is a touch imbalanced at times but does de... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    Odd wine - intense aromas of red berry fruits, with a slight black berry note and pepper. The palate changes to dominate blackerry and dark cherry tannins, the pepper and spice follow nicely. It fades fast and is disappointing - 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Ridge Geyserville 2007

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    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... ... Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% MourvedreAn excellent Rhone blend. An old world overtone with a hint of jamminess.Almansa Laya 2014, Spain70% Garnacha Tintorera, 30% MonastrellThis is a voluptuous, curvaceous (aka full-bodied) new world blend. Another Spanish region ... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014

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    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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