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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  • Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel "Geyserville" Alexander Valley 2012

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    Red and blue fruit on the nose and bit acholic. Red and blue fruit on the palate with some strong acidity and a fruity medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... it could ... it could use an admixture of carignan and petite sirah as they do in DCV, but that seems less common up here. I love Zin, but it's a flawed grape in some ways, with large berries and a tendency to go pale and lack tannin.  Tasty, clearly Zin, the Easton was the best of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Ortas le Grand Jas Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    Rather dark for a CdR with lots of dark fruit on the nose. Sweet dark fruit on entry with little acid and soft tannins. Long finish with a nice bit of redeming licorice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... ... Zin that included 0.003% Carignan.   Last week, I tasted one of the 100 bottles that were produced, and it was amazing."Yes, the last paragraph is a joke--mostl Read More

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  • We run The MN Wine Club, we host 25 free events a year.Our calendar can be found at www.TheMNWineClub.comWe are also on FB & Twitter,Come join us!Dennis & Ellen Read More

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  • Urban Carignan 2013

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    Pleasing medium-to-big bodied red. Notes of blueberry and a little sweetness in the nose. Nicely balanced. We had this with pasta and it went very well. You could also pair this with roasted meats or fowl. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Montsant "Sola Fred". Celler El Masroig Carignan Spain Montsant Celler El Masroig 2009

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    The Solà Fred 2009 has the color of tawny light red. There is a sharpness on the nose with peppery kick. It has intense aromas of sweet cherries and overripe fruit. On the palate the taste is immediately milder and sweeter than I expected, however it rounds out very nicely into a slightly fuller bodied wine. There is bit of sweet linger with... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... ... a treasure trove of old carignan and pais vines,” she said. “Though the majority of Maule's 36 million liters of wine … are Chile's mainstays, cabernet and suvignon blanc, these old vines offer something truly special.”"Tokaj - Hegyalja-06". Licensed under CC BY-... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... of the area, grenache and carignan, as they share a common history before there was an arbitrary separation into two appellations.  Yet the wines are very different, although sharing the fruit aromas varietal to the two grapes.People say you can taste the minera... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


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