Cards of Wine

Monastrell (Spain)

Monastrell was introduced to Spain by Phoenician traders.

It is intensely colored, high in tannins and alcohol, and often blended.

Typical Flavors


Blueberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Blackberry
Plum
Plum

Jam
Jam
Licorice
Licorice
Violet
Violet
Rose
Rose

Herbs
Herbs
Thyme
Thyme
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper

Oak added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Coffee
Coffee
Meat
Meat
Leather
Leather

Dark Berries, Plum, Jam, and Licorice are typical Monastrell flavors.

Herbs (Thyme). Flowers (Violets, Roses). Spices (Pepper).

Profile

Monastrell is a full bodied wine with rich tannins:

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium plus
ACIDITYMedium plus
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

A full bodied Monastrell needs Bold Food to absorbe the rich Tannins.

Monastrell loves Roasted Pork, Lamb, and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Smoked Meat. Salami.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables. Wrap.
Rich Casseroles. Beef Stew.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Strip Steak. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese.
Manchego. Smocked Cheddar and Gouda. Pecorino.
Blue. Camembert.

About

Monastrell is a red wine grape that grows in many regions around the world:

In France the grape is called Mourvèdre.

In Spain the grape is called Monastrell.

Monastrell is also known to be a prominent component in GSM wines (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre).

In USA, Australia, and South Africa it is called Mourvèdre or Mataro.

If You Like Monastrell

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Valencia Wines

Valencia

Valencia is a small wine region located at the sunny east coast of Spain.

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