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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Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya 2002Mourvedre from Spain
Cline Small Berry Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from California
Bonny Doon Old Telegram Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from California
d'Arenberg The Twenty Eight Road Mouvedre 2002Mourvedre from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Domaine Tempier La Cabassaou Bandol Cuvee Speciale 2002Mourvedre from Provence, France
Primitivo Quiles Raspay 2002Mourvedre from Spain
Jade Mountain Old Vine Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from California
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Bodegas del Rosario Las Renas Barrica Monastrell 2002Mourvedre from Spain
McCrea Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Bodegas La Purisma Trapio Monastrell 2002Mourvedre from Spain
Crystal Basin Cellars Reserve Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Terre Rouge Mourvedre 2002Mourvedre from Sierra Foothills, California
Bodegas Bleda Divus Monastrell 2002Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain