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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  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011


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  • Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Yecla Dulce 2007


    Wow, I can not tell you how long it has been in my possession or how many times I have almost taken this bottle out of the "cellar" and said to myself "Nah, it is only a Spanish Red, I've got better". Wrong. INCREDIBLE RED. It is always about your mind set when it comes to enjoying wine. On January 16, 2015, my mind was in the zone. Starting tom... Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Halcon Alturas seems to get a lot of love around here, but I also like the ... ... ... one is 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5 % Syrah.  And I think that should be GRENACHE.  Clearly, the dominiant impression is the red fruit forward characteriestic.  There is some smoky herbalness here, but, wow, it packs a big front-fruity wallop.  Mid-level t... Read More

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  • Halcon Estate Red Rhone Blend "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands 2012


    Bright red color. Strawberry Preserves on the nose with some smokiness. Very bright on the tongue. Lots of red fruit. Something of an effervescence on the tip edges of the tongue. Comfortable tannin and good supporting acid. I think this wine has some mid-term aging potential, (I think various components could be better integrated), but ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ampeleia Red Blend Maremma Toscana IGT Kepos 2010


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  • So (and with apologies to the OP) making this the thread about hillside herbal ... Coast syrah, Petrichor's mourvedre, Edmund St. John's wines, and Ehren Jordan's Failla. Why is it that it seems easier to pick up those herbs-and-spices notes in some French and Spanish wines? Assuming, as I do, it's winemaking choices what are they? Or are vari... Read More

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  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but ... but ... Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre also fairly common, as well as Merlot and a few other varieties. Producers aren’t as restricted as they are in other regions so you can get all kinds of blends, including stuff like the Gassac. I believe the Bayard is a blend ... Read More

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  • v v, this one may be more to your liking: A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignane, Syrah and Petite Sirah.  Tons of up-front red fruit makes you think "sweet."  However, I think some of that sweet sensation may come from alcohol.  Earthy and peppery towards the back of the palate, but, again, I'm wondering if that pepper is really alcohol heat... Read More

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  • Relic Ritual Napa Valley 2009


    Lots of up-front fruit in this oneRed Cherry, Red Plum, maybe, a touch of Raspberry. There is some sweetness and that might be due to fruit, but Im more inclined to think alcohol. A bit of earthiness, mid-palate. Noticeable pepper mid- to back-palate, but, again, that might be heat from alcohol. Read More

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