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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  • Domaine Haut Gleon Vallee du Paradis Igp Rouge 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva 2006

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  • Wines from this region are quite interesting - and ofte very, very good.  ... ... (e.g., with Mouvedre, Carignan, etc.).  Interesting.  I'll have to see if it is in the neighbourhood, so to spea Read More

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  • Cellers Can Blau Montsant 2016

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    14.5% ABV 40%Carignan 40%Syrah 20%Grenache Magenta in color. Nose of Syrah. Elegant upon entry with dark cherry and plum notes. Earthy mid palate that sticks through the mildly drying finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I opened this last night. 2016 Can Blau Montsant.  14.5% ABV  ... ...      40% Carignan     40% Syrah     20% GranachaNose of Syrah, elegant, earthy with a longish finish.&nbs Read More

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  • I attended this annual event again on Sunday and had a good time as usual. ... ... was a 100% vieilles vignes carignan from Baron de Baussac. I was so impressed that I bought a bottle. Roll on next ye 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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