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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  • Fanucchi Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard 2005


    This is certainly a full bodied Zinfandel, but Fanucchi magically keeps this in balance with great fruit and tannins that will keep this wine going well into 2015 and beyond! ...Though their is no reason to wait! This is one of the best Zinfandel ever! Read More

    Wine review by Molly 1

  • When I think of Sonoma, my thoughts naturally drift off to the great wines that ... a blend of 82% Zinfandel, 8% Alicante Bouschet, 8% Petite Sirah, while the remaining 2% includes Carignane, Trousseau, Sangiovese, Petit Bouschet, Negrette, Syrah, Plavac Mali, Tannat, Muscat Noir, Peloursin, Beclan, Cinsaut, and Grenache, you don’t really have ... Read More

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  • Fanucchi Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard 2005


    The 2005 is simply outstanding! Read More

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  • Vinarija Citluk Blatina Hercegovacka 2007


    Blatina is red wine grape variety autochthonous of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It ... with other varieties such as Alicante bouschet (Kambua), Merlot, and Trnjak, which at the same time pollinate Blatina. During the period of insemination, because of the rain, it can fail in giving fruits, and it is then called "praznobava (empty barrel). Blatina ... Read More

    Wine review by haligali

  • Our tasting group's June event was a brong-your-own bottle of something that ... Riserva 2007 Francis Coppola Alicante Bouschet  Magenta Label2008 Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon2008 Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon2005 Mettler Family Vineyards Petit SirahI would say the overall favorite of the night was the Coppola... Read More

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


    Rich nose of ripe fruit. Cab-like. Soft, round, easy palate of rich red currant, cherry and the slightest spice. Interesting and very enjoyable! Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Castano Solanera Monastrell Cabernet Yecla 2005


    Decanted 0 to 30 mins. Rustic, big, and somewhat complex. I think the cab ... cab ... 20% cab sauv, 15% alicante bousche Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Herdade Paco Do Conde 2007


    WOW, this proves what the critics are saying - "Portugal is the next one to watch in Old World wines". This wine exudes ripe fruit, both on the nose and on palate. The dignified light tannins add to the mouth feel and wonderful lingering flavors. Read More

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  • Marchesi Mazzei Serrata di Belguardo Maremma Toscana IGT 2007


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    Wine review by MrBjorn

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


    Nose of ripe dark fruit, dried brown fig (label said leather, I disagree), and dried zante currant with hint of cedar and spice. In the mouth fuzzy but tame tannins with easy acid and tastes of ripe red fruit (red currant, plum, and red raspberry) with wood, some earth, and a slightly acrid sheen. Medium to full weight, off-dry to dry, medium ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

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