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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  • 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


  • Syncline Red Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Subduction 2008

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    the finale of of my weekend of french varietal blends made in America. Very ... ... Cinsault, Counoise, Carignan. I have never tasted anything like this before. Literally tastes like fresh plums. Decanted and developed beautifully. Paired it with Chicken/turkey mozzarella infused italian flavored meatballs with mashed potatoes. Great pairi... Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • 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


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