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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  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I ... see a varietal bottling of Carignan.  This bottle was perfectly fine, but, I don't know.  It seems that, when in doubt, California winemakers want their wines to have this upfront cherry thing all the time.  When I tasted Carignan for the the first time thirty-someth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • A listy Buzzfeed article made a resurgence this week after it was included in a ... in a ... Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinot Noir.” With the ubiquitous nature of Rosé now out in the open, it would do newbies well to realize that there are two types of Rosé: dry and not-so-dry.  The dry stuff is the hallmark of European  – and pa... Read More

    From the article Buzzfeed Adds To Rose Lore With List Of "Eight Things You Didn't Know"

  • La Nina Roja Single Estate Gran Reserva Dop Carinena 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from my local supermarket where it was on ... the original source of the carignan grape.Winemaking goes back to at least the Romans.My bottle is from the Bodegas Paniza co-operative and consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon,30% tempranillo and 10% grenache. It was aged for five years two of them in oak barrels.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Montessu Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT 2012


    Had the 2006 vintage while traveling Italy and it was fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Bayonette Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011


    Not a fruit forward wine but is made from nicely ripe fruit. There is a big splash of spiciness then ends very tannic. Softens some with air but remains tannic. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Corsica may fall under French jurisdiction, but its spirit is clearly distinct ... ... in addition to Syrah, Carignan and other southern French varieties, too. Fifty-five percent of the production in Corsica is rosé; fourteen percent is white; and a small dribble, one percent, is sweet, vindoux-style Muscat. Thirty percent of production is re... Read More

    From the article Catch the Corsican Rose Wave

  • Vintjs Mendocino County Carignane 2013


    Fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Likewise the palate is fruity and a bit earthy with little acidity and almost no tannins or finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... cooler season. Crafted from Carignan, Syrah and Grenache Noir, with half the blend barrel-aged for 15 months, this structured yet supple wine has wonderful notes of dark, cooked fruit, cocoa and spice. Its length, character and pronounced aromatic profile make it... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine

  • Bedrock Wine Company the Bedrock Heritage 2013


    Murky marroon color in the glass. Nose of blackberry and plummake that prune. Fairly jammy on the tip of the tongue. This declines closer to neutral on subsequent tastesmay be a result of air, or maybe not. Serious tannin also neutralizes fruit. Some stoniness in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013


    Pretty red color. Muted, dusty nose. Hit of raspberry or cherry on the tip of ... much as Im used to seeing in Carignanes. This is followed by serious acid tartness. Drying tannins are apparent, but they are different from tannins that I get from Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Not terribly heavy. This could almost be a summer sipper. I... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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