Carignan

Common synonyms: Carinena, Carignano, Mazuelo

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Aragon, Spain
 
History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The Aragon region of Carinena was originally named for the once-prolific regional grape, though Garnacha (or Grenache) has since gained precedence. As Mazuelo, it is one of the main blending grapes of Rioja and as Carinena in Priorat blends. From Spain it made its way to Algeria and was introduced into the Languedoc region of France some time in the 12th century. It's also mainly a blending grape there, most often with Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 20th century, it found its way to places like Chile, the US and Israel, where growing conditions allow for more single varietal releases with concentrated flavors. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: deep, dark, rich, strong tannins, mineral, blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry Read more »

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  • Marques de Murrieta Gran Reserva Rioja Finca Ygay Limited Edition 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvee 2013

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    Easy wine to drink--just not terribly sophisticated. Candied red fruit on entry. Then some tarry notes. Not particularly tannic or full-bodied. The saving grace is that there is sufficient tartness to keep this from being declared a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... I loved their Old Vines Wild Carignan.  Another producer, whose wines are unfortunately not on the US scene YET, but whom I am completely impressed with, is Ya'acov Oryah, a winemaker who makes his living by working for larger wineries, but has his own wine that ... Read More

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  • Chateau Carignan Prima 2014

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    We do not get Chateau Carignan up this way often, but we should: the 100% Merlot Prima has Fronsac-like subdued rusticity with a deep, fresh cherry bouquet and male-merlot depth, power and finish on the palate. Judicious use of oak adds spice and age-worthiness. Slightly bitter on the back-end, but this comes with youth. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paul Mas Estate Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2015

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    Wine review by barisgurerk


  • Domaine Chante Cigal Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2014

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    Medium weight with rich ripe fruit and low acidity. The added Carignan give this wine an added tannic bite and lets it stand out from the others. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... Vi de Vila. The Garnatxa and Carignan for this cuvée come from lower, flatter, and cooler vineyards than the precipitously steep, sun-baked, slate slopes that make Priorat famous (and famously difficult to farm, hence expensive). Fermented whole-cluster and aged ... Read More

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  • Masfleurey Cotes de Provence Cuvee Selectionnee 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.com] for £10. ... that my wine is a blend of carignan,grenache,mouverde and syrah but does not say in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with some cold chicken salad.It is a dry wine but not bone-dry.There is plenty of a cranberry,strawberry and apricot style fruit bu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Here is a wine from Texas of all places, the 2015 EVS Cellars Windblown. ... ... ... being a red blend of Carignan, Mourvedre, Petite Syrah, Syrah and Grenache.  My wife Sandra had a few sips and said it was flat.  She gave me the rest of the wine in her glass.  I would not pour it out though.  I will finish the bottle and be stronger for it.... Read More

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