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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  • I love the Ridge labels.  They are the most informative labels ... 20% ... ... 20% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Carignane.  (Does that add up to 100%?)My favorite Ridge bottling is from their Lytton Springs vineyard.  The last time I was in Total Wines (about 3 weeks ago) they still had the 2011 bottling on the shelf.  The 2011 LS i... Read More

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  • We did a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Granache. Actually did well as it was tart and red fruited. Had a Sauv Blanc last night. Read More

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  • Ridge Vineyards 'Three Valley' Three Valleys Zinfandel 2010


    Deep purple colour. Intense nose with notes of blackberry and burnt caramel/caedarwood. More of the same on the palate. My other half thought the tannin was just a little rough. Medium long length. Expected a little more from this wine given it's price up here in Canada. Read More

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  • Herdade Do Peso Vinha Do Monte Alentejano 2011


    Looks pretty in the glass. Beautiful ruby color, light bodied. Bretty (as in vinyl) that leans towards slightly smokey. Tastes like Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. That's about it. Read More

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  • Fita Preta 2012


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  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across ... Seghesio, Ridge Vineyards (Alicante Bouschet) Pagani Ranch Alicante Bedrock Vineyard - Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley - Bedrock Wine Co, Carlisle, Wind Gap, Enkidu, Ravenswood, Rudius, Wilde Farm More Bedrock - Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co Old Hill Ranch Fre... 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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