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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  • Castillo de Perelada 5 Fincas Reserva 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Barathym de la Garigue d'Aumelas 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington for £9.90.It ... ... of 70% grenache and 30% carignan. I started it last night with my supper of pork chops and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurant.blackberry and licorice style fruit there with soft but structured tannins and a hint of spice.I thought it a qual... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine du Lauzie Fitou 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mas Gabinele Faugeres 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at The London France Show back in ... syrah,30% grenache and 30% carignan and spent 12 moths in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit there and it is beautifully structured with sof... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... ... Ruby Cabernet (5,801)16. Carignan (2,547 acres)Rubired is used to make juice and powdered tannins. It's one reason wines like Earthquake Zin can be so dark. Plantings of Pinot Noir skyrocketed after the movie Sideways but that's leveling off because what's ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... list. Mazuelo is of course Carignan, and it was grown all over CA and the south of France. The EU has been paying growers to grub it up - when you read about the producers in the Languedoc setting fires to trucks, etc., because people aren't buying their wine - ... Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Grenache, Malbec, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot Sangiovese and Tannat. Important white wine varietals include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, ... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2007

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    Very dark plum color. Maybe the darkest Zin (OK, Zin blend) Ive ever seen. Tart cherry nose, with some alcoholic zing. This one starts out winner winner on entry. Various berry flavorsa blend of red and blacksome dried plumprune without the sugar. Very settled tannins Good acid holds the fruitiness in check. In a note five years ago I sai... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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