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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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Enrique Mendoza Alicante La Tremenda Monastrell 2016Mourvedre from Spain
Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2016Mourvedre from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2016Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, France
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2016Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, France
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2016Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya 2016Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016Mourvedre from Provence, France