Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is an international grape variety grown throughout the world. It produces dark, concentrated red wines and flavorful rosé. The wines typically possess solid tannic structures. It is one of the major varieties used in Southern Rhône-style blends, most notably in some Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is also grown in Australia, Spain (where it is called Monastrell), California and Washington. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Mourvèdre among our extensive Mourvèdre wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Mourvèdre reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Mourvèdre, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega 1999 Casta Diva Fondillón Sweet Monastrell (Alicante)

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Fondillón represents the pinnacle of red Spanish dessert wines, and the 1999 vintage just might make your jaw drop. Subtle but expansive on the nose, with a blend of baked dark-fruit and cinnamon aromas, it is liquid heaven in the mouth, with excellent balance and flavors of roasted plums, black cherry, nutmeg and chocolate. This is pure, structured and outstanding…

 — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
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La Clarine Farm 2011 Cedarville Mourvèdre (Sierra Foothills)

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Light in color, alcohol and texture, this dynamic wine has a fresh pepper flavor, and is gorgeous all around, like drinking fresh rose petals. This could be enjoyed all day long, every day, but with only 51 cases produced, get it now or you’ll miss out on it.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2013)
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Torbreck 2005 The Pict Mataro (Barossa Valley)

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From an 85-year-old Mourvèdre vineyard in the Moppa subregion. The two years spent in new French oak is noticeable at this young stage, it should merge seamlessly with the dark fruit given a few years’ time. Toast and cedar frame cola and earth, while the wine finishes with dark Asian spices. Unusually lush and rounded for the variety; drink 2008–2020.

 — J.C.  (11/1/2007)
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))

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This is an outrageously appealing wine with aromas of smoke, dried herbs and abundant peppery spices. It’s sensuous and layered in feel, with generous dark fruit and black pepper flavors. It shows a profound sense of elegance, purity and detail with a finish that seems unending—a complete knee buckler.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
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Mark Ryan 2012 Crazy Mary Mourvèdre (Red Mountain)

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A blend of Ciel du Cheval and Force Majeure vineyards, this wine brings a mix of pomegranate, dark raspberry, dried tobacco, crushed rock and peppery spices. It explodes on the palate with rich, dense, cranberry and spice flavors that linger.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Rôtie Cellars 2012 Dre Mourvèdre (Washington)

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This 100% varietal bottling brings complex notes of smoked meat, cranberry, herbes de Provence, white pepper and chocolate. It’s full bodied and quite supple in feel, with palate-coating fruit and savory flavors that lead to a hyperextended finish.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Anglim 2011 Hastings Ranch Vineyard Mourvèdre (Paso Robles)

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More people would crave Mourvèdre if it were done in this style, with light rather than heavy leather scents alongside purple fruits. Once sipped, it hits the tastebuds with blueberry soda, tobacco, licorice, black pepper and wild game, all restrained and juicy rather than brooding and thick.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
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La Bastide Blanche 2010 Cuvée Estagnol Mourvèdre (Bandol)

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This dark-hued wine is still very closed and firm. Dark chocolate and licorice flavors are prominent against a backdrop of black fruit, hinting at the wine’s considerable wood aging. It does have great weight and richness, so let it develop and drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
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