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 Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by alex7ktrc


  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Super Bowl, Super Wine


  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit the wine section and read the reviews as I dont know what they mean.  Please help. I enjoy red and whites that are not very sweet and not dry and that I can drink 3 sips at once without  having to pucker. Not as sweet as Beringers white zifandel  and not as dry as Mir... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • This past Tuesday the tiny island of Malta surged its way to the headlines of ... Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc and Moscato. Also amid the vines are, “indigenous varieties Gellewza and Ghirghentina, which are producing some excellent wines of distinct body and flavour.” Because of the island's hot, humid climate, grapes “... Read More

    From the article Maltese Wines Win New York Times' Affection


  • If that's true about the Libyans it's a fantastic story. Should be a ... ... some producers. The best Carignan I've ever had was from there. Really good wine. It would have had to sell for $100 retail and I asked the wine maker what he was thinking and how he thought he'd sell it.He shrugged.Pretty much summed up the proble Read More

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  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but ... ... to uproot some of the Carignan and go into other businesses, but I think they’re still producing a lot of unwanted wine.In any case, the wine is from a smaller region within the Languedoc called Pays de l’Hérault. Hérault is a river so that translates as the c... Read More

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  • Relic Ritual Napa Valley 2009

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    Lots of up-front fruit in this oneRed Cherry, Red Plum, maybe, a touch of Raspberry. There is some sweetness and that might be due to fruit, but Im more inclined to think alcohol. A bit of earthiness, mid-palate. Noticeable pepper mid- to back-palate, but, again, that might be heat from alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 15 years ago, before I retired, I had a couple of bottles of Chevalier de Bayard. It was the best tasting wine I'd ever had. But now that I'm on a fixed income, I can no longer spend $25 on a bottle of wine.Does anybody have any ideas of what wines are close to it but less expensive?Thank you  Read More

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  • Garage Wine Co Perverso NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • A new wine bar in New Zealand called “The Auricle Wine & Sound ... ... “It's Grenache and Carignan, and I think it has the power to partner with this exhibition, 'No Mean City'…” Photo Credit: The Auricle Sonic Arts Galle Read More

    From the article Sounds Like Fun: Kiwi Wine Bar Pairs Songs With Vino


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