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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  • Derby Wine Estates Project España 2014

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    Candied red berry/cherry fruit on the tip of the tongue, Viscous mouthfeel. While this wine does not seem particularly hot, even at 15.7 % ABV, I wonder if the alcohol is adding to the sweetness of the fruit that caused me to call it "candied." An OK wine, and, for $17, perfectly functional. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Baja Isola Dei Nuraghi Rosso Vini Mura 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cosmic Vinyaters Valentia Carignan Blanc Emporda 2019

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Carlisle Winery Two Acres Russian River Valley 2017

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    The first of this bottling I've ever tried. Lovely dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, prune--that is not "sweet" at all. Fairly viscous mouthfeel. Some spice--cinnamon, nutmeg. Stiff tannin and good acid forecast a few years of aging would be beneficial. Note to self: buy more, next time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2016

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    Nice introduction of muted red berry fruit. Good acid tartness. Interestinly, while looking at the grape variety components of this wine, one migjt think this is a big red bruiser. On the contrary it is fairly elegant. This wine could accompany a wide variety of foods from a hearty steak to a flavorful cornish game hen. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roc d'Anglade Rose Vdp du Gard 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for ... ... of 50% mourverde,25% carignan,13 % grenache and 12% cinsault and was aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks.I started it last night with my supper of fish cakes It is a dry but not bone-dry wine with a light almost salmon-like pink colour and there is so... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cave de Pazac le Pigeonnier Costieres de Nimes 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.vinatris.co.uk ... consists ... consists of 50% syrah.20% carignan.20% marselan and 10% grenache.I started it last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant and cherry style fruit with soft tannins and a rich spicy aftertaste.This wine did win a gold ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for £8.The ... a mix of cinsault,syrah and carignan.The wine was aged in concrete vats for 12 months.I started it the other evening with my pizza supper.There is some blackcurrant style fruit there but the main impresion is how structured and reserved this is although the tanni... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Trilles Initiation Cotes du Roussillon 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a stand at last year's London France ... grenache,30% mourverde,10% carignan and 10% syrah and it spent 10 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with some roast lamb and I did enjoy it.It is certainly a full bodied wine with plenty of a concentrated and intense blackcurrant and blackberr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Vineyard Under the Mountain Carignan 2015

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    Interesting color in the glass--more blue than red. My first impression is the ... Very interesting. To me Carignan has a lot of dustiness. This one, not as much. It's there, but there is also dark berry fruit--blackberry or, maybe, boysenberry. Some pretty serious tannin, Nice acid. Darned good wine, but I am going to hide my remaining... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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