Full of color, ripe fruit, plenty of texture and earthy goodness ...
Full of color, ripe fruit, plenty of texture and earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is an important grape in many key regions in the south of France, as well as in Spain and the New World. Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance (there known as Monastrell or Mataro) and is the key variety in Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it shines on its own as a single varietal red and in Southern Rhône where it palys a major part in blends . It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, as a single varietal wine or in Rhône blends.
In the Glass
At their finest, Mourvèdre wines are robust and full of brambly red and black fruit, and aromas and flavors of herbs, leather, earth, dark chocolate and licorice. Well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure and deep color.
This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending both weight and texture.
Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but the vine lost popularity during the 20th century in favor of other varieties. However, in the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley have been working to bring the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and Rhône blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.
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Cline Small Berry Mourvedre 2004Mourvedre from California
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d'Arenberg The Twenty Eight Road Mouvedre 2004Mourvedre from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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Bodegas Pedro Luis Martinez Alceno Dulce 2004Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Rusden Full Circle Mataro 2004Mourvedre from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Bodegas Fernandez Escudo de Plata Gran Reserva 2004Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
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Alban Forsythe Vineyard The Mason Mourvedre 2004Mourvedre from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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Domaine de La Tour du Bon Bandol Saint Ferreol 2004Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, France
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