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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  • Tablas is definitely up there and their Grenache is a very good iteration of ... believe it's a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. He has another based on Monstant, with a bit more Grenache, and while not CdR, they can hold their own against any. Really nice stuff.The acidity of Priorat wines is what makes them stand up favora... Read More

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  • Nice wrap-up of some tastings with a bit of experience added in.  I have ... of Grenache (Garnacha) and Carignan (Cariñena) and Mourvedre (Monastrell, I think).  I have never had the opportunity to try Janesse (my misfortune, given the brand's reputation), but will try to seek it out in my travels.  But I think we all agree that CdR has a spec... Read More

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  • It is a good go-to. The CdR is unique though, and while there are copies all ... all ... where Grenache and Carignan and Mourvedre come from in the first place. Widely available and pretty good for the price is Tres Picos and the winemaker, or former winemaker, also made a CdR in France, I believe Janasse but I'm not 100 pct on that. In any e... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • Pause a moment and think about Thanksgiving. Do you roast, smoke, or fry your ... ... Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Carignan, and Calitor vying for attention. However, “maceration,” explains Guillaume Demoulin, fourth-generation winemaker at Château de Trinquevedel, “is key to expressing the complexity of Tavel.” He shares the amount of skin contact ... Read More

    From the article Tavel Rose Is The Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving

  • Prima Cadillac Chateau Carignan 2015


    Chateau Carignan Prima (and it is a first in this stable, crois moi)..One hundred percent Merlot, it is fine, robust, young wine with a beautiful red current base to the nose. Entry is slightly tannic, but drinkable now, easily, with integrated oak, red current, unripe cherry and grapes on the skin. This is fine wine for pucker now, but will l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Make a trip up to Cincinnati yesterday and pick up a few while I was there,A ... ... Can Blau Montsant (40% Carignan 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache)A Dr. Loosen Red Slate Dry Reisling from the Mose Read More

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  • Chateau Carignan 2015


    Once again, this modest property does not disappoint; the merlot element dominates, to be sure, but there is the deep, cassis element of Cabernet present which lifts the wine to near Cru pretensions. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and black currant here - with a long finish. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Jean Gardies Mas las Cabes Cotes du Roussillon 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London [] ... 50% syrah,30% grenache,10% carignan and 10% mourverde.Mas las Cabes is a 15 hectare vineyard bought by the Gardies family in 1990 near the village of Espira de l'Agly.I started my bottle last night with my supper of cold meats and salad.It is very dark in colour.I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Barrios - don't look in wine literature for starters. You'll just find ... is paying growers to grub up Carignan, which is used to produce a lot of bulk wine. But does that help anyone? Not really. The problem with the growers is that they have made swill for a long time but the working class that used to drink it now has many more options - s... Read More

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