is a variety originally from Navarra and La Rioja, and is also known as Cagnulari, Monastrell, Parraleta, or even the French or Australian Mourvèdre or Mataró, the Portuguese Tinta do Padre Antonio and countless other names depending on the place where it is cultivated. In California it is called Xères.
It is a grape characteristic of warm and dry climates, which sprouts and is harvested late, with small grapes that are round, thick-skinned, blue-black in color and whose pulp is colorless. It is extremely resistant to diseases and pests.
contains harsh tannins, which is why it is hardly consumed as varietal wine. It forms part of the Rioja DOC wines and produces wines of an intense red color and high acidity, with good aging whether in barrels or bottles, which is why it is used mainly in blends.
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