International Mourvedre Day, Anyone? – The Red Daily Slosh

1 Apr

salmosWe were in Spain last fall. You can read my posts about our trip to Priorat here, hereherehere, and here.

When we were in Barcelona, winding down our vacay, we bought some wines at a Whole Foods styled Carrefour to take back to the room for pre-dinner, post-dinner, pre-breakfast quaffing. Since we had fallen in love with Priorat, we thought that we’d finish our trip with some efforts from that region. One was the 2012 Torres Salmos #450734 $30.95. This wine arrives on LCBO shelves this Saturday. If you read my Priorat posts, you had to notice that the wineries we visited were smallish. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t largish enterprises in Priorat. Torres is one of them. Headquartered in Penedes, Torres is active in 10 DO’s in Spain. Torres is also in California (Miramar) and Chile (Santa Digna, Cordillera, among many other labels). In Priorat, their presence was seen by the locals we spoke with as a bit of an outlier, not exactly fitting the zeitgeist of the region right now. But enough of that, wine is to be consumed. This wine was a lot more accessible than other wines we tried from Priorat at similar vintage stages. This was clearly a Priorat wine – Garnatxa, Cariñena, Syrah. Big – as in Priorat big, dark fruits, very smooth, some heat on the nose and on the finish might be attributed to therotllan elevated alcohol (in this case 14.5% ABV).

If you are curious about Priorat, I’d suggest the Salmos. But, if you have sticker shock, pick up a bottle of the 2010 Rotllán Torra #267989 $19.95. It’s smooth and ready right now too. Doesn’t have the complexity or finesse of the Salmos but it will give you a good idea of the regional style.

A wine hitting the shelves again is the 2011 Gérard Bertrand laclapeGrand Terroir La Clape Syrah/Carignan/Mourvedre #370262 $18.95You can read last summer’s review of this wine here. Since we have time, let’s discuss Mourvedre. Because it is International Mourvedre Day sometime this year, I bet. So, why don’t we see more of it if it has its own day? It’s a key blending wine in the Southern Rhone in Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf de Pape reds. Australia crafts great GSM wines; the M representing Mourvedre or Mataro as it sometimes is called there. You actually can taste some single varietal Mourvedre wines. Pick up a Bandol red or rosé and many are predominantly Mourvedre.

And then there’s mnastrellMonastrell – another name for Mourvedre. Loads of Monastrell from Spain. In fact, there may be a few of the 2014 Honora Vera Monastrell #167184 $13.95 left near you. A great patio BBQ red – spicy goodness worthy of a case for summer. Aren’t we all looking for a bargain? There’s also a Garnacha under the same label at about the same price point. Not sure how many Garnachas are still around but click here to find out.

Reds in this release that I’m curious to try:

2013 Dauvergne Ranvier Grand Vin Cotes du Rhone Villages #436907 $18.95 We all need CdR for the summer. Maybe this will be my ‘go to’ BBQ cottage red?

2013 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir #079228 $24.95 I have had this wine in earlier vintages and felt it was one of the better Pinot Noirs from Four Mile Creek. The soil is somewhat red and if you close your eyes, you can taste it. Kidding – who the hell knows what red soil tastes like?



3 Responses to “International Mourvedre Day, Anyone? – The Red Daily Slosh”

  1. talkavino April 2, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    I recently had Honoro Vera Garnacha ,which had a beautiful label and mind boggling for the price. And talking about Mourvedre, your post reminded me of the blind tasting we had last year ( and I never wrote about it), where we had 6 single varietal Mourvedre wines, and all 6 were simply one better than another.


    • Duff's Wines April 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      I forgot to mention the label. The Monastrell label is equally as cool.I do like Mourvedre – has a rustic, solid quality.



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