Mourvèdre is said to have originated in Spain, where it still remains very popular and is known as Monastrel (mohn-ah-STRELL). In southern France, this grape is extremely popular as a stand-alone varietal, in the red and rosé wines of Bandol in the Provence region. Mourvèdre is traditionally used as a blending grape in the famous Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape of France’s southern Rhône Valley.
Fruits (dried cherry and blackberry), tobacco shop (animal, leather, and smoke).
Medium to medium plus body, with medium to high acid and high levels of tannin. The wines are characterized as spicy due to the grape’s ability to gain considerable sugar during ripening, therefore converting it to higher levels of alcohol.
France (Rhône Valley, Provence, and Languedoc-Roussillon), Spain (Jumilla), and California (Central Coast and Sonoma County) are the major producers.