Mourvèdre

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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  • Caliza Paso Robles Cohort 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


  • Teso la Monja Toro Almirez 2011

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    Great with cheese. Full and rich with blackberry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • OT - Viognier is one of those grapes that really tends to disappoint more than ... last night I had the Halcon Mourvedre/Grenache blend. It's the best Mourvedre blend I've had from CA. They had it on Last Bottle and while god knows I don't need any more wine, I picked some up. That's just a magnificent win Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

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    Tending toward old world style with nice acidity and biting tannins. Not really impressed. improved with some air. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • The Rhône holds a large piece of my heart for one big, unctuous reason: ... ... on Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre -- and with good reason.  If not for the Northern Rhône, we never would have met Syrah.  These grapes and the Rhône’s climate and terroir are a heavenly match. But my personal truth be told, the winning wines for this tasting fall... Read More

    From the article Back to the Rhone's Future


  • While California's vineyards and associations have done well to discuss and ... to grow; grenache, cinsault, mourvedre,” Gregory told Parente. “It’s hot as hell there, you know in that region. And cabernet is likely to be the first to go. That one, it needs rain.”  Farmers, Parente said, are ditching dry farming – rain is virtually non-existent... Read More

    From the article Seco in the South: Mexican Vineyards Suffer From Drought, Too


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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: http://www.winewriting.com/Bandol%20Mourvedre.htm Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: http://www.winewriting.com/Monastrell%20Mourvedre.htm And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: http://www.winewriting.com/Understanding%20Mourvedre.htm Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


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