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 Castano Hecula 2015Mourvedre from Spain
Wrongo Dongo Monastrell 2015Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Jeff Cohn Cellars Twist of Fate Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Cass Winery Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Groundwork Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Genio Espanol Monastrell Roble 2015Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Gordo 2015Mourvedre from Spain
Campos de Risca Monastrell 2015Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Enrique Mendoza Estrecho Monastrell 2015Mourvedre from Spain
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Domaine de la Begude Bandol Rouge 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2015Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
Tim Smith Barossa Reserve Mataro 2015Mourvedre from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Tormentoso Mourvedre 2015Mourvedre from South Africa