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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  • Bedrock Wine Company the Bedrock Heritage 2013

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    Murky marroon color in the glass. Nose of blackberry and plummake that prune. Fairly jammy on the tip of the tongue. This declines closer to neutral on subsequent tastesmay be a result of air, or maybe not. Serious tannin also neutralizes fruit. Some stoniness in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fun report, AOA. Thanks.It's interesting that you raised the question ... Verdot25% Petite Sirah9% Alicante Bousche Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Almost a good enough excuse for a visit to NYC... Cornelissen's Best ... ... volcanic hills, such as: Alicante Bouschet, Nerello Capuccio, Uva Francese, Minella Nera, Minella Bianco, and Inzolia—Whew! Although a fiery 60% alcohol, I found this grappa high-toned, a bit floral, and surprisingly drinkable.  Like the un-distilled wine, Contadino i... Read More

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  • Ravenswood 'Besieged' Red Blend 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • One of Sonoma's top zinfandel wineries welcomed a new member to the ... ... ... amounts of petite sirah, Alicante bouschet and grand noir. Photo Credit: Carlisle Wine Read More

    From the article Seghesio Completes Purchase of Russian River Valley Vineyard


  • Caiado Tinto 2010

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    Best buy for the holidays! Unbelievable for under $10 Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • v v, I think you and I are the only ones, here, who ever admit that we are ... ... mostly Zin, with Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah.  What's not to like in that lis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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


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