Another from the unusual grape files: Mourvedre

Part of the fun in wine tasting is discovering the unique taste of different grapes.  There are about 4,000 distinct grape varieties produced around the world, but majority of the grapes consumed are from about 36 varietals.  Some on this list of 36 are more popular, like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and others are less notable.  One of these lesser known grapes, at least in the US, is Mourvedre [more-VAY-druh].

Mourvedre is native of Spain, was eventually brought to France, and has since made its way to Australia and the US.  Today, it is a popular varietal in many wines throughout the world.  It is used in blends, as well as on its own.  It’s probably best known as part of Rhone blend – GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre).  It is not as often bottled as a single variety.  However, we discovered one on our first trip to Paso Robles at Anglim winery

The ’07 Mourvedre is the first produced for Anglim.  It is 100% Mourvedre from a small planting in the Adelaida region of Paso Robles.  We quickly detected notes of white pepper on the nose.  The taste was earthy, with cherry and red plum.  The finish had the same spice detected on the nose and rich tannins.  We enjoyed our bottle while dining at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Antica Trattoria.  It held up to our rich meaty dishes.  Although, I did find it more enjoyable on its own where I was able to truly enjoy the full variety of flavors the wine had to offer.  I wouldn’t call it an everyday red, but if looking for something a little out of the ordinary, give this wine a go.  It certainly opened my mind (and taste buds!) to trying other 100% Mourvedre wines.

Only 233 cases were produced.  You can purchase direct from the winery for $34. 

Posted on February 7, 2012 and filed under Wine Discoveries.