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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Alicante Bouschet on Snooth

  • Atalaya la Atalaya 2007


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    Wine review by Hand Harvest

  • Trinitas Old Vine Cuvee Contra Costa 2005


    The Trinitas 2005 Old Vine Cuvée is a classic California old world blend of ... Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet from select vineyards around the little town of Oakley in the northeast corner of Contra Costa County. These stunning vineyards are the living heritage from early Italian and Portuguese farmers who originally settled i... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Atalaya la Atalaya 2007


    Ridiculously fruity, but still not oversweet. Some real punch on the midpalate. Loads of black raspberry. Delicious stuff. Great QPR! Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2007


    Very cherry-dark berry with a almond lightness on the finish. Nice! Read More

    Wine review by onlyreds

  • Bodegas Murviedro Valencia White Los Monteros 2004


    Andrew - yesRachael - novery clean Read More

    Wine review by winetipcolt

  • Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2007


    Fruity smell and very easy to drink. The Coppola Alicante is a lighter alternative to their Claret or Cab. Nice to drink alone or with cheese while enjoying a good film. Would probably go with something else if I was serving red meat. Read More

    Wine review by elzumpango

  • When the guys at Snooth recently introduced the concept of page ownership on ... in Sonoma Valley including: Alicante Bouschet, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscadelle, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiove... Read More

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  • Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2007


    I really like some of the Coppola Diamond series wines a great deal, especially ... ... label on this Coppola Alicante Bouschet I had to try it. It is my first experience with an Alicante - they don't exactly line the shelves in the wine stores. So I had no idea what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised. Very fruit-forward, big floral nose... Read More

    Wine review by judgelog

  • Acorn Sangiovese Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley 2005


    A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series. Acorn Winerys 2005 Zinfandel showcases ... fruits. 78% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Petite Sirah. The remaining 2% includes Carignane, Trousseau, Sangiovese, Petit Bouschet, Negrette, Syrah, Muscat Noir, Cinsault, and Grenache. Enjoy now until 201 Read More

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  • Dfj Vinhos Grand Arte Alicante Bouschet 2005


    Simply known as Alicante, this grape was created at the end of the 19th century by crossing Petit Bouschet and Grenache. Extremely opaque in appearance, this full-flavoured and fruit-forward red shows attractive flavours of blueberry preserves, ripe plum, vanilla and sweet spices. It possesses a supple texture and ripe tannins. Serve with lamb c... Read More

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