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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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014

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    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Lightly fruited nosered berries, some dustiness. On the tongue, again, a light hit of red raspberry very (very) little suggestion of fruit sweetness. In fact, if anything there is more a suggestion of viney bitterness. Medium-bodied. To me, this one is fairly light on tannin, and the acid seems more sour than tart. I enjoy it, but it doesn... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • JD - I had tried 3 or 4 in the past couple of years with the chard in 2 ... ... different vintages and their Carignan in 3.  For $11 - $14 they are a good set of QPR offerings.  I also like d'Arenberg from Oz in that rang Read More

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  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price point lately, with neighbors looking to me for advice, and I did hear BLM's call recently as well.So two regions came to mind, not only for reasonable pricing, but for good overall quality potential. The Languedoc in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soi... Read More

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  • Mark Herold Flux Red 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by bsplendido


  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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  • Great to hear EMark! GregT should try that too? Speaking of GregT...Back to ... i expect from Pax Mahle and Carignan for that matter and why I chose it. It was a warm day and the only red wines that really appeal to me in warm weather need that extra acidic edg Read More

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