Marvelous Mourvèdre! More than just GSM - BYOB or just taste

Time for some Mourvèdre! Mad Martian requested a night of revelry and tasting centered around Mourvèdre, and I must say, that is a great idea! Note the venue change, we will be returning to Europa to enjoy this wine.

Mourvèdre is a grape that may be most familiar to people as a component of GSM-style wines. GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, and is a blend of these three grapes that is very popular from the world renown Rhone Valley region in southern France. Australia also has a thriving GSM scene. As a varietal, it tends to contribute a large structure and tannin component to these blends. It is also a popular stand alone varietal, as it is a fairly big wine that can hold its own. Originally believed to be from Spain, Mourvèdre does very well in warm climates with good sun, and can be found prominently in: Spain, southern France, California, Eastern Washington, and Australia. This meetup will explore the offerings of Mourvèdre available from around the world. Any bottle of Mourvèdre from any region is welcome in this blind tasting. Even though it is extremely popular for blending, I want to stick to varietal style so that we can explore the specifics of this grape. I will have a bottle or two of GSM available outside the tasting to compare and contrast for anyone interested.

I am really looking forward to a night of Mourvèdre. Come join us!

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Just a note on finding bottles of Mouvedre. 

France - Look for wines from the French region of Bandol (Their AOC rules are 100% Mouvedre, Domaine Tempier is the most Famous). 


Spainlook for wines from Yecla (80% Yecla's Red Vines are planted to Monastrell aka Mouvedre), Bodegas Castano is probably the most famous. 

or 

Jumilla (85% of Jumilla red vines are planted to Monastrell aka Mouvedre), Juan Gill is well known from this area.


USA - For American Mouvedre, Cline makes a few well known Mouvedres. Plus there are a couple from Washington, Syncline comes to mind.

Some other Wa state producers that have a Mourvedre :

Rasa 

Mark Ryan 

Hollywood Hill 

McCrea Cellars 

Bunnell Family 

Robert Ramsay 

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$5 if you bring a bottle $15 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting. If we get 20 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $80, Last week the winner took home $120.

Exotic meat and cheese plates provided.

Great value event, the last 40 times, everyone has tasted 10+ wines, had exotic meat and cheese plates and the winner has taken home money for bringing the best wine.

Think you know Mourvèdre? Bring a bottle and let's find out.

Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.

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  • Stephanie

    I bought the last three Gilbert Cellars from Whole Foods on Sandy, but they said they'll get more in next week! Great pick Joe!

    July 9

  • Dan M.

    The third place 3 way tie was requested, so here it is: - Number 1-Cline 2012 Mourvedre, brought by Dan (me). Got it at Hollywood Freddies for about $15.50 on sale.

    - Number 2-Chateau Pradeaux 2007, I believe brought by Michael from Europa. This is a Bandol region wine from France. Vivino lists a price point of $45. - Number 3 -Coeur D'Alene Cellars 2010 MO Mourvedre, brought by Brian. It is listed on Total Wines as retailing for $23.99.

    July 9

  • Dan M.

    It was great seeing everyone last night! Hope you all enjoyed tasting Mourvedre. I'd like to also make a point to thank Michael from Europa for hosting us at his establishment, and staying up to let us taste long into the night.

    The results:
    1st place with a runaway 33 votes: 2008 Tagaris Mourvedre from the Yahluke Slope. Stephanie brought this wine and got it from Total Wines in Vancouver for $16.99. 2nd place: This was technically disqualified due to low Mourvedre content, but people really liked it, so I'll post anyway: 2010 Gilbert Cellars Allobroges GSM. Brought by Joe from Whole Foods for $20. This was also from the Wahluke Slope. Big night for the Columbia Valley :)

    See you guys at Chianti!

    2 · July 9

  • Rusty

    Thanks to Dan for running a great night of Mourvedre tasting.

    We really got to know the Mourvedre, man 15 bottles.

    It brings a certain rich spicyness to the table.

    Stephanie was the winner a 2008 Targus from Wa. State. $120 win, I think the bottle was in the $20 range.

    Cheers!

    1 · July 9

    • lindsey k.

      Stephanie, it was $16.95 right, and from where again did u buy it?

      July 9

    • Stephanie

      Tagaris Mourvèdre $16.99 at Total Wine in Vancouver.

      July 9

  • Jill Landgrebe B.

    So much fun with good people and good wine!

    1 · July 8

  • Rusty

    I will be going to this tonight, look forward to seeing everyone.

    Don't worry if you can't find a Monastrell/Mouvedre
    I arranged with the wine shop for 3 different bottles
    and I found a couple more, so there should be at least 8 - 10 bottles tonight.

    Plus I will have at least one chilled white to start

    Cheers!

    1 · July 8

    • Dan M.

      I should clarify: Unless only rusty and myself bring them, then we won't bother going blind.

      July 8

    • Mad M.

      We will have others. :-)

      July 8

  • lindsey k.

    I have a btl to submit

    July 8

  • April Y.

    Flying out tomorrow and have yet to pack! Ack!!

    July 8

  • Mad M.

    Interesting chart on the darkest "full-bodied" reds:

    http://winefolly.com/tutorial/10-darkest-full-bodied-red-wines/

    Not surprisingly, I like everything on this chart. :)

    1 · June 24

    • Rebecca

      LOL - I really enjoy Wine Folly - thanks for passing along the link to others! :)

      July 7

    • james

      Thanks MM... I like that chart... here is another I like... www.delongwine.com/wgvt.­php

      July 8

  • Josie

    Project deadline looms large. Disappointed I cannot make it this time.

    July 8

  • Rebecca

    Sorry to not be able to join, but last minute travel. I even found a good Monastrell. I have updated my RSVP so CHEERS as this opened up 2 spots. Have a great evening... can't wait to see the results!
    See everyone at Chianti night! Kindly, Rebecca

    July 7

  • Mad M.

    BTW, GSM is named in that order because it has the most Grenache, the second most Syrah, and only a small amount of Mourvedre, which is why these aren't recommended for a true Mourvedre tasting. You will sometimes find similar blends in different amounts with the letters in a different order, such as MCS (Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah) indicating Mourvedre is in the highest amount. I will try to bring a bonus bottle of MCS if I can find it again. If France wasn't using region-based naming, the Bandol blends would all start with "M" since that region requires 50% or more Mourvedre.

    1 · June 24

  • Mad M.

    Note that Mourvedre goes by two other names - Monastrell (mainly in Spain) and Mataro (sometimes in the US and Australia). I am continually surprised how many wine shop employees have no idea these are the same grape and many times have not heard of one, two, or all three of them! Even when they sell them!

    Lots can be learned about Mourvedre on Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourvedre

    Note that Washington grows quite a bit of Mourvedre from vintners such as Syncline, Trio, Mark Ryan, Zerba, Macrea, and many more. If you have trouble finding a bottle, go to a store that has lots of Spanish wine or lots of Washington wine. Skip stores that focus on wimpy Oregon Pino. :)

    1 · June 24

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