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 Lytton Springs 2007

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    Wine review by doctron


  • Viu Manent Syrah Blend Colchagua Valley Reserva Syrah Carignan 2008

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    Wine review by MrBjorn


  • Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Moulin de Gassac Aniane le Mazet du Levant 2007

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    Rouge (30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault)Red and black fruits and smooth French oak on the palate. A combination of tannins and alcohol on the finish for a medium-bodied red wine that will pair with rich pasta dishes, pork, lamb, roasted chicken, and spicy vegetarian dishes. Read More

    Wine review by winestylee


  • Château d'Oupia Red Rhone Blend Minervois Rosé 2008

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    A deep-bodied, dry rose with great balance and rich texture. Robert Parker has consistently praised this estate and rated the wine a best buy writing, Chateau d'Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit. Read More

    Wine review by winestylee


  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois 2008

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    Straightforward yet charming flavors. Dark berries, pepper, minerals, slightly sanguine and sometimes even meaty... Its just amazingly good, and it is even better two days after opening. (from: http://vindelatable.blogspot.com/2008/03/chateau-doupia-minervois-my-comfortable.html) Read More

    Wine review by winestylee


  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois 2008

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    This wine is deceptively complex... wonderful mouth feel; fruit mixed with what I can only describe as "animal fat rubbed into wood" or "butcher block" flavors and associated aromas...delightful "old world" French wine. Read More

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2007

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    Really enjoyed this one. Big bountiful nose -- lots of red fruits, with a hint of tobacco. Tasting, this hits big on the front end with strawberries and blackberries, the mid-palate is creamy and thick with a hint of chocolate and a bit of tobacco. The finish is loooong on this one. Loved it. Read More

    Wine review by ehrenfrd


  • M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2008

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    Nice and supple. Enjoyable but not overly impressive.- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/15/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2007

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    Bright jammy nose of brambly red fruit. Nice, pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance and finish. - Tasted at Ridge Lytton Springs 4/21/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Château Carignan Rosé Blend Bordeaux Rosé Rosé 2007

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    Compared to the L´Orangerie from 2005 (wich was outstanding in price/value) this wine is comparably flat. It has a similar fruitiness but without any strength and body. Read More

    Wine review by Da D


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