Also known as: Mourvèdre, Mataro, Balzac, Esparte, and Monastrell.
Characteristics: Smooth, medium weight, medium bodied, with a rich red color. Tannins range from moderate to high. May exhibit hints of fruit, berry, black plumb, leather, herbs, peppercorn, and tree bark.
Ageing: Ages well, up to 10 years.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 61º-65º F.
Food pairings: Red meat, liver, and spicey sausage.