envelope

$33.24
$32.64
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Big Basin Homestead 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Big Basin's 2013 Homestead is dark, supple and refreshing, with a good combination of juicy fruit and more floral/savory notes that come...
$16.84
$16.04
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - (made from vines that were planted between 1935 and 1970): Bright purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of fresh black...
$14.94
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Carmine Monastell 2009 750ml

Rated 90+ - The 2009 Carmine Monastrell (100%) spent 6 months in new oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a nose of smoke, mocha,...
$12.94
$11.90
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Castano Monastrell Hecula 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced...
$10.94
$10.14
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Castano Monastrell Yecla 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Deep ruby. Vibrant, sharply focused and complex on the nose, displaying fresh red berries, cherry pits, Asian spices and incense. The...
$34.64
$33.84
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Enrique Mendoza Estrecho 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The 100% old-vine Monastrell 2011 Estrecho is produced with grapes from a single vineyard, from the Estrecho de Pipa zone in Villena at...
$34.64
$33.84
Check availability
Add Add to wish list

Enrique Mendoza Monastrell Las Quebradas 2010 750ml

Rated 94 - There is one new wine, 2010 Las Quebradas, pure Monastrell grown on rocky soils high in chalk from a very old vineyard, which shows a...

Mourvedre

Mourvedre is another one of those grape varietals that comes in many guises - in Spain it is known as Monastrell, and you often find it listed as Mataro in wines produced in New World regions of California and Australia. It is most typically used as a blending grape, adding its unique characteristics to wines made up of Grenache and Syrah.

Although grown in many of the world’s leading wine producing countries, this grape’s true home is in the French region of Bandol, where it continues to be the star of several blended wines of superb quality. Mourvedre is prized for its ability to lend a depth of flavor to otherwise astringent wines, and brings a gamey, herbal set of tasting notes to the table which add plenty of complexity. It is used to great effect in the excellent red blends of the southern Rhone Valley, as well as those in Languedoc-Roussillon. Mourvedre is very much a warm climate varietal, hence its prevalence in southern France and Spain, and under plenty of sunshine it picks up its powerful set of flavors and aromas. In Spanish Mourvedre wines, we get to see a bit of the versatility of this grape - it is used to make everything from sweet to dry red wines, as well as rose and fortified wines.