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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
This is an opulent, rich wine that is full of black plums, powerful tannins and spice. Mourvèdre dominates the palate with its power and exotic aroma, but bright acidity guides a long finish. Still young, it needs several years to develop, so drink from 2016.
Varietal Mourvèdre from Washington state is rare indeed, but it’s indicative of the grape’s distinctiveness here that wineries of this caliber are showing it off. Flint, plum, boysenberry and spice are accented with light whiffs of barnyard, earth and rock. It’s all subtly woven together, displaying power and elegance at the same time.
There’s magic up in Hank Beckmeyer’s hills. The Suma Kaw Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills is a prized source for Rhône varieties, where the Mourvèdre typically gets blended in with Syrah, but not here, where it is given room to exude fresh, bright, earthy tones amid an intensity of raspberry, strawberry and just-ripe cherry. A hint of leather surfaces on the finish.
You’d have to be crazy not to love this Mourvèdre for its distinctive, intriguing take on this Southern Rhône grape. Mineral, flint, plum and spice notes surface in abundance—all in perfect balance.