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CHEESE PAIRING:
Le Roule
Blarney
Habanero Jack
Cotswold
Pepato
Big Woods Blue



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Still mostly used as a blending grape in Southern France – especially in Cotes-du-Rhones – this powerful, spicy grape is being bottled on it's own in the central coast region of California and the southeastern region of Spain, where it's the principal black grape and called Monastrell. Australia grows it as well, but mostly for mixing into it's Rhone-style blends. It's a grape that loves the heat, yet needs ventilation and the Rhone resurgence in wine's New World is giving it a chance to shine all by itself. That being said, wines made from 100% Mourvedre are still rare to find on the shelf. California and Aussie versions are more expensive ($25+) than those from Spain ($8-$15), which are more widely available. Because of it's complex flavors, this is a great food wine that has some ability to age. If you like them big and spicy this is the wine for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In it's youth a highly tannic, deeply-colored red wine that's usually almost opaque. The aroma shows black fruit and spice with a touch of violet on the nose. Depending on the region, the palate can be somewhat rustic and chewy, though some New World's are quite elegant. Can also have gamey/smokey qualities along with the fruit (blackberry) and spice (clove, pepper). There's nothing subtle about this wine. Due to the tannins can age fairly well (4-6 years past the vintage date).



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spacer.gif2008 Cala Blanca Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2007 Anglim Winery Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 Bodegas Castano Monastrell, Yecla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: ***
spacer.gif2007 McPrice-Myers Higher Ground Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Minassian-Young Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Mooney Family Winery Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2007 Villicana Winery Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Vinos Sin-Ley M5 Monastrell, Yecla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Zaca Mesa Winery Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Carina Cellars Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Cass Winery Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Imagery Estate Winery Mourvèdre, Sonoma, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Minassian-Young Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Pipestone Vineyards Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Senorio de Barahonda Heredad Candela Monastrell, Yecla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Senorio de Barahonda Monastrell Tinto, Yecla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Tercero Wines Camp 4 Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Thompkin Cellars Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2006 Vinos Sin-Ley M2 Monastrell, Alicante, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Vinos Sin-Ley M4 Monastrell, Bullas, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Vinos Sin-Ley M5 Monastrell, Yecla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Cass Winery Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: ****
spacer.gif2005 4 Joes' Mourvèdre Thompson Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Bogedas Piqueras Valcanto Monastrell, Almansa, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2005 RN Estate Vineyard Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell, Jumilla, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2004 Garretson Wine Company Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Las Renas Barrica Monastrell, Bullas, SpainRATING: *
spacer.gif2004 Minassian-Young Mourvèdre, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2001 Bedford Thompson Vineyards Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***




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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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