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 Red Blend 2013

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    Boy, I did not hate this wine, but I won't be buying more. Totally unintegrated, a bit too fruity for me, pretty flaccid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Czarina -- I like all the Seghesios because they taste like wine--not something ... Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet.  I refained from mentioning this one to Czarina, because I wasn't sure it would fit her "fruit forward" request, and it would certainly not fit her budget.  This wine would probably cost her over $30.  Now, while t... Read More

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  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

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  • Le Lapin Speed Bump Wine NV

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    No lot # Spicy and fruity on the nose with lots of peachy overtones to the core of brambly zinberry fruit which has a little cafe au lait edge to it. Sweet, round and simple with enough acidity to keep this fairly lively in the mouth and some tannins helping to add detail to the rather stewy, if fruity palate. The tannins build on the palate, he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I toured Whitton Ranch, where the Geyserville fruit comes from, last year with ... Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet and others.  Quite a historic spot for sure. Pics are on my dead iPad but I might be able to fish a couple off my phone. Nope , I had to substitute this shot of David with 100 year old Carignane at the Library Viney... Read More

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  • I love the Ridge labels.  They are the most informative labels ... 20% ... ... 20% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Carignane.  (Does that add up to 100%?)My favorite Ridge bottling is from their Lytton Springs vineyard.  The last time I was in Total Wines (about 3 weeks ago) they still had the 2011 bottling on the shelf.  The 2011 LS i... Read More

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  • We did a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Granache. Actually did well as it was tart and red fruited. Had a Sauv Blanc last night. Read More

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  • Dinner should be ready in less than an hour! Read More

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  • Montaria Portugal 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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