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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  • Get ready for a wine-and-milk shakedown. Earlier this month restaurant ... ... Sauvignon, 18 percent Carignan, 11 percent Petitie Sirah, and a remaining combination of several other varietals. The release of the Divalicious Red Wine Shake isn't the first wine shake to hit the menu at Red Robin. This past spring the inventive restaurant chain ... Read More

    From the article Red Robin's New "Dessert Wine": The Boozy Red Shake


  • A recent study by the Department of Biochemisty and Biotechnology  at the ... color of wines produced from Carignan and Grenache grapes. The study, conducted by oenology faculty, set out to determine what factors affect the grape's production of anthocyanin, a phenolic compound found in many plants which dictates the color of the plant. Resear... Read More

    From the article Study: Vigor, Sunlight Affect Colors of Grenache and Carignan


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004

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    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Enkidu E Old Vine Field Blend 2012

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    Quite stout blackberry nose with a touch of an acerbic somethingmaybe, alcohol. Terrific blackberry and earthy flavors flow over the tongue. This is a very fat wine, but the fruit is roped in by earthiness and tannin. So, there is no jamminess at all. This is the second one of these that Ive had (one more to go) and, while I dont really have... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Earlier this week we enjoyed the Flowers chardonnay recommended by Emark, last ... ... nice rose of Mendocino Carignan. Subtle notes of strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb with excellent mouth watering acidit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lioco Indica Rose 2013

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    Really nice rose of Mendocino Carignan. Subtle notes of strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb with excellent mouth watering acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Skylark Wines 'Las Aves' Cabernet Carignan Syrah Blend 2010

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    Wine review by calywa


  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... can survive the encounter. Carignan, strangely enough, almost does...8) nam pla: fuggedaboudit. Unless you're born in SE Asia the sauce itself is an acquired taste, and has to be woven skillfully into dishes for its beauty to appear. Too much and you think you've... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...


  • My previous challenges were for geographical locales and entire cuisines of difficulty. This time it's for difficult food items. What wines, if any, match these? Matches to specific recipes are welcome! 1)  Green, white or any other color2)  California's official veggie3)  Belgium's??4) Mold as a good thing5) Moctezuma's favorite food (and aphro... Read More

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  • Château la Condamine " Elixir " Fût de Chêne Rouge 2008

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    Wine review by KQ1000000


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