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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  • 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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  • Carlisle does a 100% Alicante Bouschet, released it last month. Read More

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  • Mark, your eyes are not deceiving you, 19% ABV. The tasting sheet calls this a ... ... I've ever had a 100% alicante bouschet. Pulling out the Old World Winery tasting sheet and checking their website, I don't see your wine. You must have a connection to the private stash! This evening I opened an interesting Croatian red made from the Plavac ... Read More

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  • Old World Winery Mendocino County Alicante Bouschet 2011

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    Ruby red color. Musky, earthy nose. Delightfully light hit of acid fruit on the tip of the tongueplum, peach. Not for anybody who is looking for berry flavor. As the wine moves towards the back of the palate, I get a slate-like earthiness. Not a terribly full-bodied wine, but pretty easy to drink. Read More

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... more ... ... more Carignane, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and probably some others.Was in a strange mood last night and did CS two nights in a row.  This one might almost qualify for v v's ". . . Completely Different" thread: As you might guess, this is another one that my bro... Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... age to develop.He mentioned Alicante Bouschet in some context (probably when we were tasting the 1890 field blend), and Peggy commented that we have enjoyed the few examples of that."You want to try some Alicante Bouschet?"  Off he went to find a bottle of that.  The p... Read More

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