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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  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006


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    Wine review by JohnFU

  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016


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    Wine review by Bmeister

  • Pontificis Pays d'Oc Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre 2009


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  • Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits 2012


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    Wine review by anstett

  • Albero Jumilla Organic Monastrell 2016


    Second time I have Organic wine and both bottles have good price and quality. It's not the best Monastrell though. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Halter Ranch Rosé 2016


    Fruity without too much sweetness. Nice summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Sally Smithy

  • Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla 2014


    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Rose Gran Reserva 2011


    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


    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


    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

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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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