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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  • La Bastide Blanche Bandol 2012


    Easy drinking wine. Dark fruit with a little pepper and spice on finish. Read More

    Wine review by minimode

  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013


    Unbelievebaly good for the price. Highly complex with smooth finish. Gets better when allowed to breathe. Compares favorably with higher priced Rhone region offerings. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by Richard8655

  • Honoro Vera Monastrell Organic 2010


    Complex and slightly sweet Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2009


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  • Tablas Creek Syrah Blend Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles San Luis Obispo 2012


    This is a really enjoyable Paso Rhone blend from Tablas Creek. Loads of ripe dark berries and cherries on the nose. This is followed up with a lot more of the same on the tongue along with some earthiness, a touch of leather, decent acidity and some slightly grainy tannins that should resolve nicely with just a bit of age. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chateau Grande Cassagne Costieres de Nimes Rose 2013


    Delicious, beautiful summer wine... Read More

    Wine review by amunderwood

  • Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2012


    Aromas of fresh dark fruitcurrant, blackberry. Gentle hit of that fruit on introduction to the tongue and palate, but then more rustic earthy sensations emerge as the wine passes backeven maybe a mintiness. Very light on tannin with a nice tartness. I had this wine about a year and a half ago, and it is obvious that it is much more integrated... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... in BC, especially malbec, mourvedre, cabernet franc, and gamay; viognier, semillon,  and pinot blanc. These grapes produce wines that suit my palate better than the wines from varietals like syrah, cab sauv, sauv blanc, and some of the others.I think my prejudic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • A listy Buzzfeed article made a resurgence this week after it was included in a ... Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinot Noir.” With the ubiquitous nature of Rosé now out in the open, it would do newbies well to realize that there are two types of Rosé: dry and not-so-dry.  The dry stuff is the hallmark of Europe... Read More

    From the article Buzzfeed Adds To Rose Lore With List Of "Eight Things You Didn't Know"

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  • Unsung hero varietal known as Monastrell here in the Levant area of Spain. Look out for wines from the DOs of Jumilla,Yecla and Bullas where prices are low for such high quality wines.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens

  • Erm, what about Bandol?! Lots of info and notes available here: Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James

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