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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  • Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Mourved 2016

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    Medium weight with a moderate amount of black fruit on the nose. Balanced wine with black fruit and a generous amount of acidity and a smooth almost tanninless finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • We're Having a Dirty and Rowdy Party this Sat.  Will post results ... ... here.Am interested in their Mourvedre offerings especially.  Join in if you ca Read More

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  • Murrieta's Well Dry Rose Livermore Valley 2017

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    Nicely expressive rose petal and watermelon fruit aromas. Impressive depth of fruit on the palate with notes of cherry and strawberry, watermelon and cranberry, a touch of smoky earth towards the finish keeps the palate grounded but throughout theres a crisp acidity that plays well against the fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines 2014

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    Fruity, balanced with light tannin. Amazing acididty for a 15% ABV wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Fancy a bit of GSM to liven up your holiday? Is this your first time? ... ... grapes; Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the typical southern Rhone Valley trio that’s exciting winemakers across the world.I was in Western Australia’s beautiful Margaret River and was privileged to spend a couple of hours with two of Australia’s best known winemakers... Read More

    From the article Meaningful Wine Letters: GSM


  • Figuiere Premiere Rose Cotes de Provence 2017

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    Crisp and fresh aromas of white blossom and fruit notes of cherry and strawberry with some tart cranberry. Light and refreshing palate of medium acidity with some oak notes. Fruit character of cherry and watermelon, again nicely crisp and easy drinking with a bit of well integrated wood spice towards the warm finish. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cline Family Cellars Mourvèdre Rose Contra Costa County 2016

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    A bit of light clay and tea leaf aromas with strawberry and watermelon notes. Strawberry and cherry fruit on the palate, fresh spice and mixed berry fruit with a tart moist earth towards the finish and a bit of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014

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    Chalky, dusty aromas of blackberry and black cherry. In the mouth this has pleasant spice and nice fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, nicely balanced with a touch of spice and a pleasantly tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

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    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J. V. Fleury Chateauneuf du Pape 2012

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    The baby fat has gone away in this wine. 14.5% ABV and 85% Grenache. Garnet in color. The nose is light bing cherry with herbal notes. A mix of sweet and red fruits with some light tartness, some resolved tannin and a long garrique laced finish. 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: 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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