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August 2006
Understanding Mourvèdre
Comparing Mourvèdre's European growing characteristics and winemaking styles provides an understanding of its U.S. potential.
by Richard James
The very fact that Mourvèdre goes by two other names (Monastrell and Mataro) says a great deal about this migrant and misunderstood variety. No matter where in Europe or the New World you may happen upon Mourvèdre, it will seem resolutely Old World. Early confusions over synonyms and vine provenances (let alone erratic performance) have not helped further understanding or interest in planting Mourvèdre. This article explores climate, vineyard location, plant material and viticulture in some of ...
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