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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  • Halter Ranch Rosé 2016

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    Fruity without too much sweetness. Nice summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Sally Smithy


  • Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla 2014

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Rose Gran Reserva 2011

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    Smooth cherry and watermelon aromas with a floral note and some cranberry. More cherry on the palate with a syrupy texture and dark spice, zesty acidity and buoyant palate of fresh bubbles, this becomes a bit tart towards the finish, ending with a clean cranberry and herb note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2016

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    Something of a volatile nose. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Sadly, sweeter than I normally enjoy. When I hold the wine in my mouth for a few seconds, I get a stony flavor or sensation. This wine seems a little bit hot to me--not enough to really bother me, though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2015

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    Very nice Rhone blend, modernish in style. 85/10/5 I hope they haven't sold out. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • E - Will be interested in your comments on Mourvedre.  There's a lady in our wine group that loves mourvedre especially from Spain then Australia.  Have tried some stateside but found nothing that wows her - if this is decent I might surprise her sometime.  Thanks - PaulBetween you and Al the rest of us can enjoy by osmosis.164 Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... style blends from Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. For those who prefer Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Paso Robles. Paso also features expressive whites -- Viognier, Albarino, Chenin Blanc and Roussanne among them. And f... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • 19 Crimes Red Blend 2013

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    Found this sitting around a didn't realize it was a '13 bottling. What a nice surprise it turned into. After sitting for 3 yrs without being bothered it morphed into this viscous, jammy dark cherry dominated wine that finished with good tannic/acidic balanced and a mini-porty syrupy swallow. Maybe they need to sit? 85 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 19 Crimes Red Blend 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Cline Family Cellars Cashmere Red Blend California 2015

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    Dusty cocoa and vanilla aromas with light red berry fruit. Surprisingly soft on the palate with touches of crushed flower and perfume amidst tart red fruit and big bunches of berries, finishing with a bit of spice and an earthy chocolate note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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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