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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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2014

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    A Ravenswood project and a veritable whos who of deep red grape varieties. Surprisingly restrained yet still a touch heated on the nose with spicy blackberry and black currant aromas and pleasant sweet spice. Quite fruity on entry and intriguingly diverse, beginning with blueberry, black cherry and blackberry fruit before releasing a swath of ta... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Today we’re profiling a wine grape of true substance. It’s an ... ... on your palate. The grape is Alicante Bouschet.Alicante Bouschet was created by Henri Bouschet in mid-1850s France. It’s a cross between Garnacha and Petit Bouschet. Known for its fleshy red berries and deep color, just a small amount of Alicante Bouschet in any blend will i... Read More

    From the article Wine Grapes in the Spotlight


  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

    Snoothrank:

    More red berry fruit and plum, with a slight pepper influence. Good solid framing tannins and acidity give this a good aftertaste. Better than expected - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Montaria Luis Vieira 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Another Naked Wines selection. Thin purple red in the glass. Opens with cherry, oak, and spice.; then a bit of pine; finishing with green tea leaf and cherry. Smooth and easy drinking. Medium long finish of loads and loads of fruit, plum, anise, and a small bit of oak, but not much mineral and earth which I prefer over the fruit forward. A bit t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ridge Geyserville 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Dark plum color. Very much an earthy nose. Light hit of candied fruit on entry. Then some sour hits. Then some bitterness. That makes for a very unusual experience. Surprising to me, but not altogether off-putting. Also interesting that this is, probably, the lightest bodied Ridge Ive ever had. A good wine, but far from my favorite from... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cartuxa Evora Tinto Colheita 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Podere Ciona Toscana Montegrossoli 2013

    Snoothrank:

    a nice Chianti, the blend is correct causing the mild flavor to flow gently across the palate with no unsettling aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... Muscats, Viognier, Dolcetto, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, and more. Taken as a piece the ACORN wines are remarkably balanced, acid rich, food friendly offerings that age well. This vintage of Medley fits that bill to a tee. The nose resembles nothing more th... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • 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


  • 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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