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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Rose 2014


    With an impressive read on the French label, it sounded like this rose' was worth a go. Colour was a bit of a warning, as most rose's I enjoy are a light to deep pink with a boarderline red. Scent was light, a bit floral and also concerning but taste is what matters. On the pour, it seemed very peach. Peach? Okay, trying not to judge a wine... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • I like a couple of Larry's wines, the Outlier, The Climb (hommage to Shafer ... ... Syrah). Also hear that Mourvedre is really nice in 2011. He's clearly 100% in to what he does and many wine related issues like closures. Think it's good of him to take a less serious approach. Also out the door right no Read More

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  • At least I thought it was.This article was linked over on WB.  I thought I would post the link, here:Don't Fear WineLarry Schaffer is the owner/winemaker at Tercero Wines up in the Los Olivos/Santa Ynez area.  He posts regularly over on Wineberserkers, and I usually enjoy his comments.  In this article, I which, I guess, he was the interviewee, ... Read More

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  • Chateau Grande Cassagne Gs 2003


    Had a bottle of this last night with a veal dish - it went really well with the food and was also very nice to sip on after we were done eating. Great value for around $10. Will definitely buy again!! Read More

    Wine review by katjoeus

  • Booker Vineyard Fulldraw Gsm 2013


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013


    Mostly grenache on the palate with a bit of a bite on the finish. Better second day. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Caliza Paso Robles Cohort 2011


    Thick and rich ripe blackberry and black cherry aromas with some earth and leather on the nose and a dash of black pepper with a touch of heat. Very smooth on the entry followed by a bite of tannin filling the mouth with some cranberry and black cherry. Some licorice sneaks in behind blueberry as the tannins linger well into the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Caliza Pink Paso Robles 2014


    Light and fruity strawberry and watermelon aromas. Just a touch of perceived sweetness due to the freshness of the acidity but it's nice and dry with strawberry and watermelon on the palate as well. The finish is rife with candied cherries. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Chateau Puech Haut Rose 2014


    This Languedoc rose is nearly as good as the best from Provence. I'd like it better at $5 less.... Read More

    Wine review by rmarschner

  • Bedrock Ode To Lulu Rose 2014


    Delicious California rose. Ripe strawberry on the nose with tongue coating bright red cherry, strawberry, fresh cut rhubarb and a touch of keylime. The acidity is vibrant and the finish is medium to medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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