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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  • 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

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


  • 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


  • Chateau Carignan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2010

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    This wine from the Cadillac Region of the Cotes de Bordeaux is simply stunning for the price and provenance; the secret is not just the 2010 vintage, but is the lower Merlot content (70%) which allows for more backbone. There is a lot of soft oak tannin (will age a further 3-5 years) resting on a bed of rich blackberry and wet loam. Finish is q... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois 2013

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    A very pleasant wine with some nice fruit, if not a lot of length. Berries, plum and a little spice. A good value, even at the $18 I spent in VA. Read More

    Wine review by Altboy97


  • Boutinot Fide et Arte les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château du Grand Caumont Corbières Cuvée Spéciale 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Monasterio de las Viñas Cariñena Reserva

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    Deep burgundy in color with purple tinges around the rim....very nice legs appear on the side of the wine glass. Earthy aromas of deep berry and grape, hints of licorice and/or dark chocolate and flavors follow suit with added black cherry and very dark ripe fruits with pits...dry soil. The mouthfeel is dry...almost cotton like, clean and velv... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Lioco 'Indica' Old Vine Carignane 2012

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    Fruity and light with berry notes and light tannins. Very smooth and easy to drink! Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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