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

  • Monte da Penha Montefino 2003


    Red wine from Portugal, Aroma: light tanins with ripe red fruits, easy to drink , best with med. food. If the price would be lower, the rating could be a bit better. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • Mouchão 2003


    From a winery built in 1901 and still run by the same family. The first to ... ... plant, use and develop the Alicante Bouschet variety that today defines this wine.Hand picked, foot trodden, matured in 5000lL oak tuns for two years, aged in bottle for two or more years prior to release. A deep garnet colour, striking in its intensity. On the ... Read More

    Wine review by John Fordyce

  • Bucklin Red Blend Sonoma Valley Mixed Blacks 2004


    A very nice and spicy wine that gets better after it has been opened for a couple of days. Classic Sonoma Valley field blend. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67

  • Taylor Fladgate " Vintage Port" 2005


    Deep dark color to this wine. Alcohol hits me at first though blows off quickly ... ... enough I'm reminded of Alicante Bouschet when tasting this wine, and it's pure fruit flavors. Opulent with a high acidity and probably a long life in front of i Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Dona Maria Vinho Regional Alentejano Reserva 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by Fabio Leal

  • Duarte Leal da Costa Vinho Regional Alentejano Vinha d'Ervideira Tinto 2004


    Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet Light reddish purple in color with prune, plum, blueberry, raisin, cooked fruit, leather, light pepper, and some black liquorice …Firm tannins, with a med acidity. The palate is good fruit with a lightly dried fruit. Nice pepper notes, but lots of primary fermentation flavors of fresh ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Dolores Morenas Ribera del Guadiana Finca El Musinal 2004


    Deep purplish red in color. The nose shows vanilla oak, dried plum, and is overall somewhat intense.Rich and dense in the mouth with a high acidity the fruit of the wine stays a bit hiddinen with the tannins and oak standing out. Sour cherry, clove and cocoa are a primary flavors on the palate. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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