April 2011 Mouvedre

Mourvedre (moor-ved-dra) also know as Mataro or Monastrell is a variety of wine grape used to make both srtong, dark red wines and roses. It is an international variety grown in many regions around the world. Mourvedre produces tannic wines that can be high in alcohol, and is most successful in Rhone Style blends. It has a particular affinity for Grenache, softening it and giving it structure.

Mourvedre is deep garnet in color, a meaty wine with black fruit flavors. You will often find it GSM blends in Australia (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre). It is used to improve structure and color.


1ST 19 Bunnell Mourvedre Northridge Vineyard 2007 14.2% Wahluke Slope WA $39
2nd 17.2 J Daan Mourvedre 2009 14.4% Columbia Valley 


3rd 16.6 Juan Gil Monstrell 2008 15% Spain $14
4th 16.5 The Twenty-eight Road McClaren Vale 2005 14.5% Australia $33
5th 16.1 C Hecula Monstrell Bodega Castaro 2008 14% Spain $15
6th 15.9 McCrea Mourvedre 2008 14.9% Yakima Valley Washington $28
7th 15.5 Flor del Moutgo Monstrell 2008 14.5% Spain $9
blend 16.7 Zaca Mesa 2006 15% Spain $20
blend 16.2 Penfold’s Bin 2 


14.5% Australia $13
blend 12.6 Ponsalet Monstrell Jove 12% Spain $8