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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  • 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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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2013

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    The color of this wine is a mix between purple, burgundy and has brown tinges....oily in texture! Rich dark berry aromas with some dried dark fruits in there as well. Flavors follow suit and there are added notes of licorice, nutty oak, Earthy spice tones, blackberry, dark cherries etc....full mouthfeel and buttery smooth! Alcohol tinge right... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • The St Francis is a Zinfandel, or actually a field blend. The vineyard is comprised of: 83.4% Zin 6.4% Petite Sirah 2.9% Sangiovese 2.5% Alicante 1.7% Carignane 1.4% Mourvèdre (aka, Mataro) 0.6% Trousseau noir 0.4% Petit Bouschet Read More

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  • As a rule of thumb I decant every wine bottle north of $50 for at least 45 mins. During the 45 mins we usually enjoy half a glass of a daily drinker to get our palate ready for the really good stuff. Thoughts on this approach would be great? What's your approach other than PNP.....   Read More

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  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of ... ... Black vineyards similar to Alicante Bouschet. This is the first time I have seen one varietally bottled. On my way home from the winery on Saturday I was coming up on Fogline and had a hankering to stop in for a taste. The sandwich sign out front reading "Cold Chardonnay... Read More

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  • v v, I've had a few Alcicante Bouschet varietal bottlings.  The last ... ...  The first ever Alicante Bouschet varietal bottling that I ever had, in fact, the first time I ever heard of the grape, was in 1980-something when Mrs. EMark and I were on a Northern California road trip, and we dropped in at the Topolos Winery.  We enjoyed that visi... 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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