...Also known as Mourvèdre, is a red grape that is used extensively in the Rhone valley and Spain. It has tough-to-describe characteristics of wild game, earth, pepper and bitter fruit. These qualities make it a nice match with roasted game (pheasant, duck, etc.).
Bodegas Agapito Rico of the Jumilla region of Spain makes a great & affordable example of Monastrell in all its gamey glory:
Carchelo Tinto '03 ($8)
Medium, dusty red with hints of orange on the rim
Young & fruity scents of red cherry supported by subtle hints of meat, cedar and pepper
Medium-bodied with fairly mild tannins and a crisp finish
**** (4 stars out of 5)
A great price for a wine that is unique as well as friendly with hearty winter meals