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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  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... Juan Gil makes a Monastrell (Mourvedre) that's good in many vintages and sells for $12-14.  Portugal makes many good table wines (like Follies, which comes in a Cab Sauv/Touriga Nacional blend or a straight Touriga) that are good and pretty large production for well... Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Hard to say what it exactly is, but we've all had moments when wines were really open and "singing" maybe after a quick decant, or hours of air, they just started to open and catch fire. I can think of quite a few wines that stick out in this way, though it seems like a very unpredictable phenomenon. Also, what the heck is going on with wines th... Read More

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  • I suppose the 'GSM' identifier was a play on acronyms.  Kind of ... ...  That South African Mourvedre was something I'm sure most of the forum members would enjoy.  The Washington State Gramercy was a close second choice for me.No Axis of evil intent out here EM.  I do watch lots of WWII movies and such though, and I'm really interested in the... Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lucien 2013


    Very nice purple color. Not a big fruity nosemore vegetative, although that is really not the word. Think hay bales. Thats it as much as anything. As suspected, light on the fruit on entry. While light, I find it charmingblueberry, hint of currant. Medium-bodied wine. Light, but noticeable tannin. Tart acid. Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... 2013 Baybos (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre), 2013 Syrah (Sonoma Coast)You'll enjoy the EMH. What vintages did you snag? I have '05, '06, '08, '10 and '12 in the cellar. Drank the '07 a few months bac Read More

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  • Windows down the 2013 Burgundy train, but found a couple deals hard to ... and ... ... and Shake Ridge Ranch Mourvedre.Much more to come, even if I'm starting to question the returns I'm getting on these wines.&nbs Read More

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  • Boutinot Fide et Arte les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011


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  • Ampeleia Kepos 2012


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  • Carina Cellars Red Rhone Blend Central Coast Sibylline 2011


    Fairly big ripe GSM from Carina Cellars out of Buellton, CA. A bit on the jammy side with loads of ripe dark fruit, black cherries, slightly underipe plums that are nicely balanced with some zingy acidity. The tannins are fairly mild and the finish hangs on for a decent amount of time. Read More

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