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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  • Yes it was was a wine that we had hanging around our kitchen (mostly in the fridge) for over a year. Totally underestimated this one, was highly enjoyable! Read More

    Forum post in the topic D&R and Mourvedre from Cassis...

  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... wine back, and this and the Mourvedre below were the lot I took. So in researching today, it looks like this is a Clairette, Marsanne blend which makes a lot of sense as it didn't have the elevated acidity I'd expect from Sauv Blanc, seeming better for early cons... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012


    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bedrock Red Blend "Shebang" 9th Cuvee California NV


    Fruit basket on the nose with some very nice floral notes. Taste of Zinfandel and Syrah with balancing acidity and a nice fruity light tannin finish. Great QPR, buy all you can find. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Thanks guys. The Lulu was excellent. Light watermelon, great acidity and a ... ... streak across the md-palate. Mourvedre from Bedrock Vineyard, Pagani Ranch and Gibson Ranch in Mendocino County. Glad I bought a case. The Crane was an '11 MJET. Showing the leanness of the vintage but in Mike's case it made it great with the Tri-Tip as it still... Read More

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  • Here's Danile Brunier speaking about Vieux Telegraphe. Toward the end of ... 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsaul Read More

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  • Thanks for filling in the gaps Fox, I figured I was leaving something out of ... ... Syrah, and especially Mourvedre. I'd also expect there to be a soil/terroir aspect to the longevity of the wine, but really the producer style can trump anything, and various producers can make a long aging wine in CdP if they want. Perhaps Parker is mostly t... Read More

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  • Brunier says the grenache is 60% of the blend, Cinsault 5%, Clairette (white) ... (white) 3-4%, Syrah 15% and Mourvedre 15%.  That starts at 4:25 on the video.  It only adds up to 98-99%.  So I guess it's lighter than other CdP. ;-) You can also find the composition at Kermit Lynch's page.And he also says all the wines from VT are great at ten... Read More

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  • Auguste Bessac Gigondas 2009


    The Mediterranean world of Gigondas is evident from the first scent of the wine; the redolence of dried grape, sage and spiny scrub which is deep with warm wind at harvest. This Grenache-dominant wine has good tannic structure (backbone) and Aussie-like (Barossa) depth. Powerful - like a good Gigondas should be. Serve with heavy dishes and BB... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I started a thread on WB recently, and not many folks agreed with my stance, though I suspect many more do agree that just don't say anything.Strictly speaking about Northern Hemisphere Wines, leaving the various barrel aging out of it for sake of discussion. Read More

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