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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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% CarignanGrapevine Imports Somerville Mass Deeply aromatic on the nose this jumps from the glass with slightly lifted aromas of plum jelly tinged with cracked pepper, dried floral notes, sweet nutty hints of wood and fine beefy top notes. Sm... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • M. Chapoutier Grenache Blend Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Vignes Bila 2010

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    This is a very nice Rhone blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. Very well balanced with the blackberry and dark red cherry from the syrah coming to the forefront. This has soft, fine tannins, decent acidity, a touch of earthiness and a medium length finish. Excellent QPR! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Château Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Grande Reserve 2012

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    A hint of leathery funk greets the nose followed by lovely layered aromas of dried mushroom, baking spice, candied violet, strawberry, juniper and beef blood. A little weighty and plush in the mouth, this feels just a bit clumsy while it delivers light if fresh flavors of red fruits, raspberry and strawberry with hints of rhubarb and almost a be... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Orpheon Musique des Cepages Domaine Tenon NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the Domaine Tenon stand at the 2014 ... a blend of syrah,grenache, carignan and mourverde but I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my supper of a pork chop and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit there and there is a distinct spicy finis Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Baux de Provence Mas de Gourgonnier 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Domaine du Lirou Corteaux D' Enserune France 'Rouge' 2012

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    the craftsman who put this blend together outdid oneself. WOW! pleasant is the word the consumes this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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


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