Alicante Bouschet

Name of varietal: Alicante Bouschet

Common synonyms: Alicante Henri Bouschet, Alicante, Garnacha Tintorera (Spain), Alikant Buse, and many derivations of the two names together or apart

Parentage of the grape: Petit Bouchet, Grenache

History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents. For centuries, one of the most widely planted grapes in France had been Aramon. Though relatively bland, it’s prone to high yields and one of the few resistant to powdery mildew. In 1824, horticulturalist Louis Bouschet, in an attempt to add color to Aramon but retain its easy cultivation, crossed it with Teinturier du Cher. Teinturiers (the name means “dyers”) are a type of grape that produces naturally red juice (as opposed to most other grapes which whether red or white, make white grape juice unless given time to macerate), and named it Petit Bouschet. in 1865, his son Henri chose to cross Petit Bouchet with Grenache, and created Read more »

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  • Podere Ciona Toscana Montegrossoli 2013

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    struggling somewhat with this wine as it seems the merlot is taking away from the sangovese and alicante. just not the best blend! there is a bitterness that belies what seems to taste well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... ... 10% Petite Sirah and 10% Alicante Bouschet. These grapes come from 90 plus year old vines in the Mokelumne River sub AVA in Lodi. Field picked and co-fermented, this combination of grapes produces a wine of warm welcoming primary aromas with deep black spiced f... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Dark red plum color. Fairly fruity nose. Plum is my initial tongue sensationvery close to, but not quite prune in sweetness and texture. Noticeable, but not blatant tannin along with similar acid give this wine backbone and structure. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Montaria 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Easy drinking, medium bodied red blend. Dark fruits and spice on the nose with black cherry, blackberry, and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon on the palate. Has good tannin structure, opens up nicely after about 45min of decanting. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Aragonez, 15% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot.  One more time it just sounds to me like somebody said, "OK, this is what we have left over.  Let's just mix it up and tell everybody that it was 'carefully blended.'"   ;-) Of the grapes listed ... Read More

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  • Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano 2012

    Snoothrank:

    More blue than red in the glass. Somewhat musty nose. Big black fruit on entryalmost black cherry Kool-Aid level. However, that quickly passes. Lots of tart acid. Then there is an earthiness. All in all its an OK everyday drinker, but nothing particularly special. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2008

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    One of the most amazing wines I have tried. We were looking for something different, and this was the trick. Very much earthy nose. Wonderfully full-bodied with crisp acidity and a wonderful finish Read More

    Wine review by katherinerosegary


  • Black Zeppelin Paso Robles 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by willida


  • I assume you know, Al, that Stags' Leap Winery is not the same as ... ... amount of Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet, these were replaced with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines and the vineyard was renamed to "Stag's Leap Vineyard" or "S.L.V".[1][3][4]The first vintage produced from the new vineyard was in 1972 and was produced in a rented... Read More

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  • MJet I'm friends with the grower, Chuck Giovanetti, yet amazingly have never tried the wine as the winery does not give him any. Chuck makes his own beer though and I've had my fill of it.Historic RRV location off Olivet/River Rd, pre-Prohibition, a portion if it was a Buchagnini vine nursery in the '30s. The vineyard is comprised of: 83.4% Zin,... Read More

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  • I have not had Alicanti Boughet, but saw a review of the grape on TV.Cedar View Winery in the Sanger region, California produces it. Owners are listed as Jim and Debbie Haun. May want to investigate

    Comment by 1413074wramon 1413074 wramon


  • I suggest that you try the Alicante Bouschet from Irish Family Vineyards.

    Comment by 421836PLeasurist 421836 PLeasurist


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