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 Luzon Verde 2005Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Carro Barahonda Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Vinos Sin-Ley M4 Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Cline Small Berry Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from California
Vinos Sin-Ley M5 Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Domaine Castell-Reynoard Bandol Rouge 2005Mourvedre from Provence, France
Vinos Sin-Ley M3 Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2005Mourvedre from Provence, France
Domaine de La Tour du Bon Bandol Saint Ferreol 2005Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, France
Chateau Routon Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
The Bunnell Family Cellar Northridge Vineyard Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
Terre Rouge Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Sierra Foothills, California
Los Frailes After 3 Dulce 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Vie Winery L Intruse Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from La Mancha, Spain
Tablas Creek Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Salvador Poveda Toscar Monastrell 2005Mourvedre from Spain
Clautiere Vineyard Estate Mourvedre 2005Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California