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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  • Selian Carignan Calatrasi 2004

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    The wine son of Desert with "Italian DNA". Selian(a North African word for the Sahara desert) is a deep purple color wine with an intense bouquet, and an alcoholic content higher than 14 degrees, full-bodied and well structured. The nose had some vanilla and cherry notes. It had sweet fruit notes of rde and black berries with herbal and toffee n... Read More

    Wine review by Alfonso Palazzo


  • Les Producteurs de Mont Tauch Fitou 2006

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    Fitou is one of my favouite red wines and the Mont Tauch Co-operative is the ... a blend which also includes carignan.As it says on the bottle it is smooth and fruity with a hint of spice.The last bottle I drank was a 2006 which won a silver medal in an international wine competition which I think it probably deserved.It certainly delivers on... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Marietta Cellars Red Blend Alexander Valley NV

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    Bright red fruit and baking spice. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2007

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    My local store had this available for $14 per half-bottle - definitely worth a ... to the P. Sirah (22%) and Carignane (7%) which is added to the zin (71%). Tho it's quite dry, there's a bit of an off-sweet mid-palate. It's a very good, flavorful wine, at a not unreasonable price for Ridge qualit Read More

    Wine review by larrythek


  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006

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    nose: fresh, intensive but delicate. Cherries ( this bit syntetic kind of cherry aroma) and fruits of the forest. spicy touch on the edge.mouth: medium-bodied, suits the nose ( cherry). Nice acidity, well balanced, good pairing with dishes. Finish is long and bit peppery - even though I most often dislike spicy wines ( cheap wines tend to have t... Read More

    Wine review by lucto


  • Cameron Hughes Priorat Lot 49 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Iain


  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by WesleyAshley


  • Torres Sangre de Toro 2011

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    Nice fruity nose, light peppery/spicy palate, smooth finish. It actually paired well with pigs-in-a-blanket. Read More

    Wine review by noshooz


  • Cellers Can Blau Montsant 2007

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    very solid red at a reasonable price point. excellent for larger parties and other events where value counts. Read More

    Wine review by tofubomb


  • Terre Brune Carignano 3 2003

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    Deep nose of plum and spices with hints of caramel, on the palate smokey with strong tannins ans a cabernet-like aroma. Still young, an unpolished diamond! Read More

    Wine review by FineLiquids de


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