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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  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

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  • Herdade Do Peso Vinha Do Monte Alentejano 2011

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    Nice dark red/purple color. Fairly big nose with plum, blueberry. Quite easy on the tongue. Not as full-bodied as I might have guessed from the dark color (looks can be deceiving). I do get that plum flavor and various berries. Some mint or cinnamon thing on the back of the tongue. Very mild acids and very mild tannins. A pretty good wine... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Time to revive this thread.  Stopped by the market and reloaded, including ... blend of grapes, including Alicante Bouschet--don't see that very often.  I also picked up the Follies, which is a wine from the Aveleda folks, big company in Portugese wine (they make the best selling Vinho Verde, which is not bad, either).  I really wanted a straig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Iberian wine discovery!


  • I guess last night was a Zinfandel night.  Sister-in-law is visiting this ... ... Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and, who knows, there might be some Thompson seedless in there) take over--big, rustic, balanced acid and not terribly tannic.  I loved it.The other wine in this pic is planned for tonight.  Yes, to honor the ... Read More

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  • Tonight we made tacos, no not Duck tacos just regular gr beef, so I figured we ... field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah among others.Sodini RanchWhen I cut the capsule off the bottle I was surprised at what I saw. A black synthetic closure the likes of which I have never seen before.Well, here's to saving a cork tree! The ... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Casal Branco Red 2010

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    New World influences, with a bit of new oak , but also licorice, baking spice, ... ... touriga nacional and alicante bousche Read More

    Wine review by benjtp221


  • Herdade Do Esporao Alentejo Reguengos Reserva 2009

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    Super-ripe black cherry, dark chocolate, and sweet oak. New World style with ... of aragonez, trincadeira, alicante bouschet, and cabernet sauvignon. 12 months in French and American oa Read More

    Wine review by benjtp221


  • Vinhos Sogrape Alentejo Callabriga 2011

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    Full-bodied, rich, with ripe blackberry and with notes of cedar. Blend of aragonez, alicante bouschet, alfrocheiro. Read More

    Wine review by benjtp221


  • I’ve already written up my thoughts on some white wines tasted while in ... in ... Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet that spends nine months in new French Oak Coffee bean, ivy, smoky marzipan,and plummy fruit come together on the nose. In the mouth this is very fresh on entry with fine depth to the gorgeous wild berry fruit. Fine grained... Read More

    From the article The Red Wines of Portugal


  • Herdade da Comporta Comporta Setúbal 2009

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    Alicante Bouschet (100%) aged for 12 months in new 500-litre Allier oak barrels Volatile with lots of latex on the nose along with notes of cigar tobacco, glue, and some black tea notes. Chewy and deep in the mouth with lots of cherry character and great acidity that is well integrated and yet able to make a strong impression in the mouth. This ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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