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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  • Adelaida Mourvedre Estate Anna's Vineyard 2011


    Pretty damn good for 100% mourvedre. The nose is a bit perfumey (?) with a touch of smoke. On the tongue is ripe blackberry, black cherry, a touch of gaminess, a bit of tar, fairly fine grained tannins and medium+ acidity. This begs for a big chunk of grilled or smoked red meat. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • OT-Sounds like a great wine! Nice project as well! I went and explored ... ... 18% Counoise and 18% Mourvedre. Not typrically in my wheel house but it was very tasty and easy (smooth) drinking. Bright fruit, fair amount of acidity with a touch of tartness. A medium finish. Not great but not bad. Something different for me.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Thanks, NG.  I'd blame the high ABV on the grape, not the ... not the ... not the Counoise, Syrah or Mourvedre doing that.  GDP and others have pointed out that the wild aromatics and approachability of grenache make it a grape that lots of disappointed (and otherwise) pinot lovers might want to try. We're having mac and cheese with bleu chees... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... in Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre and Nero D'Avola. I just had my first Tannat and Sagrantino, which were both good but as noted the bitter tannins in the Sagrantino were a distraction.I appreciate the tip Read More

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  • Codorniu Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine Cava 2010


    Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2012 Very intense varied aromas of apricot, banana, candy floss, water melon & raspberry. A big rich palate that is honeyed & a bit floral. Lovely balance & is generous in style & length. Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • Tarima Monastrell 2014


    Wow, This is the first of six bottles we purchased at a small wine store in Saugatuck, MI in Oct. '15. If you see this Spanish red buy it. I am thinking about driving 120 miles in a lake effect snow storm to this wine store to get more advice on inexpensive quality wine. Hats off to this proprietor. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • I have very little experience with Grenache/Granacha.  (I don't think ... ... is synonomous with Mourvedre.)  I guess the I would find the first interpretation to be a bit more surprising than the second.Oh, and Greg, my latest Halcon order arrived yesterday.  I really should have ordered more of the Esquistos, but I was blinded by their firs... Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2013


    The color of this wine is a mix between purple, burgundy and has brown tinges....oily in texture! Rich dark berry aromas with some dried dark fruits in there as well. Flavors follow suit and there are added notes of licorice, nutty oak, Earthy spice tones, blackberry, dark cherries etc....full mouthfeel and buttery smooth! Alcohol tinge right... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for ... Many of the grenache, syrah, mourvedre blends have loads of dark cherry and earth, but may be a bit on the tannic side when young. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a bit pricey) or Cote rotie may fit the bill.Tonight just seemed like an Oregon pinot night. Opened two '11s for a side ... Read More

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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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