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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  • Prima Cadillac Chateau Carignan 2015

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    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

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    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

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London [www.oddbins.com] ... 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

    Forum post in the topic "Ancient" Decrees & History ?


  • So it's been a while since I've been on here but I was just doing a little research into lesser known grape varietals. In the last four years or so I've been excitedly searching out American wines from other known regions to see what's been going on there and trying varietals I hadn't heard of, mostly hybrids. But this also brought me into lesse... Read More

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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... ... that include Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s winemaker is a... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Some dustiness in the nose. Red fruit on entry, but, thankfully, not jammy or syrupynice acid tartness seems to deflect those possibilities. A bit light on tannin compared to my memory of previous vintages. An easy to drink wine, but I think more sideways storage will integrate the components, better. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I've packed up and moved south for a while. Currently in Orange Beach ... ... ... 2015A blend of Grenache, Carignan and just a touch of Cab from the Priorat region of Spain. 15% ABU Dark ruby with the slightest tinge of purple in color. The nose is classic grenache. Taste is sour cherry with medium acidity that finishes with a strong kalmata o... Read More

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  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006

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    Wine review by JohnFU


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