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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  • Yeah guys, every day is a learning experience.  I happen to think that is ... blend of 60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignan, 8% Petite Sirah and 8% Alicante Bouchet. I think they might have been a bit liberal with the use of the "Field Blend" nomenclature.  It looks like the fruit for this was sourced from multiple vineyards.  The Times article indicat... Read More

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  • Enkidu E Old Vine Field Blend 2012

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    Very pleasant nose announcing a brambly type of zin. Sure enough, nice blackberry on the tip of the tongue followed by sharp tartness as from a plum. Very obvious, but not overwhelming drying tannins. A pleasant finish that fades in a very nice diminuendo. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dom Sorin Terra Amata Rose ' 2013

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    Great value. Light orange peachy color with nice clarity. Fresh, clean crisp nose. Spice, orange, peach, pear. Cherry candy. Savory with a nice hint of salinity. Linear through palate. Persists nicely. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there ... the palate.2010 Sandlands CarignanPleasant dark berries on the nose. Mildly spicy, peppery palate. Medium finish. Nice wine, though not especially impressive either. This was another wine I thought I should like more, but came up wanting a little for complexity.2011 B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 57 NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by YourWineLady


  • Monte Ducay Reserva Cariñena 2009

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    This wine has 13.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. Per Greg this is only$7 but appears to be available only at Trader Joes. If you see this wine at that price, grab a case, you won't be sorry. The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The enticing nose has black cherries, raspberries, minerals, baking spices, cedar, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coteaux de Varois Rose. Domaine la Colombe Carignan France Provence Vins Brebans 2011

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    16.96--> 12.96 @ Astor Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • San Valero Castillo de Monseran Garnacha 50 Year Old Vines 2009

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    Very spicy on the nose and with hint of leather and suggestions of barnyard framing the core of black cherry fruit with a hint of a peppery top note. Smooth and supple with nice leather and mineral notes early on the palate followed by fresh blackberry and slightly jammy strawberry fruit. this shows a hint of herb and floral spice on the palate,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2012

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    Fruit bomb. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Mas de Gourgonnier les Baux-de-Provence Rose 2013

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    Lovely and complex on the nose with all sorts of leafy herb, floral and spice framed astringent red berry fruit. A bit soft on entry, and very easy to drink, this shows a hint of minerality early on the palate, along with creamy red fruits that are very approachable. the acid pops a bit on the backend, along with raspberry fruit, but i think thi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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