How I chose the Nauta Monastrell
I often get asked where to begin with choosing a wine somewhere. A lot of it depends on mood and having a few cornerstones as starting points.
Come winter, I find myself drawn to Provencal and Rhone reds. Peppery, meaty, rich red fruits, sometimes stewed or dried (and often mixed with 14-15% ABVs), really do call out when it’s cold outside.
Monastrell is the Spanish name for mourvèdre, which is often part of a the so-called ‘GSM’ blend of grenache-syrah-mourvèdre of southern France. While grenache and syrah are quite prominent elsewhere and known on their own, mourvèdre doesn’t quite have the same household name to it.
That’s why it’s a great grape (and others like it in this vain) to look out for when searching in other regions. Likewise, I’d search out tempranillos from places that weren’t Rioja.
As always: make notes of what you love. Is it the Rhone you like? Or their specific grape combinations.