Saturday, January 11, 2014

Know your Oregon Grapes: Mouvèdre

 Mourvèdre is known by various names: in Spain as Monastrell (or occasionally Morastell or Morrastel), in the Americas and Australia as Mataro (or occasionally Esparte), and in France sometimes as Balzac. Its taste varies greatly according to area, but often has a wild, gamey or earthy flavor, with soft fruit flavors of blackberry. Probably Mourvèdre's finest region is Bandol on the Mediterranean coast of Provence where it dominates the region, producing wines reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is particularly successful in the Jumilla region of Spain where it is used as a varietal, or in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo or Merlot.
Some noted wineries that use Mouvedre are Seven of Hearts Wine and Linda Donavon Wines 

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