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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...
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Bodegas Juan Gil Albacea 2015 750ml

Rated 90 - Opaque violet. Powerful aromas of cassis, licorice candy and cracked pepper gain vibrancy from a mineral nuance. Juicy and pliant in the...
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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,...
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Castano Monastrell Hecula 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2013 Hecula, which comes from 60- to 80-year old non-irrigated vines planted in pure limestone soils, is a cuvée of 12,000 cases....
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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...
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Castano Solanera Yecla 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Even better is the 2013 Solanera is a “Vinas Viejas” that differs from the Castano (100% Monastrell), as this blend is 70%...
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Enrique Mendoza Monastrell La Tremenda 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - There is no Quebradas in 2012 (too dry) or in 2013 (hail) and the next one will be the 2014 but it won't be released until late into...
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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.