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. 
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  • I am just starting to explore French reds.The few Cotes du Rhones that I have tried all seem to be more appealing the second day after having been opened. Maybe I need to try some older vintages that have had a chance to age? So far, most of these examples have been from 2007 and they seem to be overly tart (tannic?).I just tried a Bordeaux fo... Read More

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  • Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2006


    drier than cotton. terrific with food. paired with kielbasa. took about an hour to open up... Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

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  • Yannick Pelletier Saint-Chinian l'Oiselet 2007


    All spice and smoke. This is a gorgeous wine. Grenache and Cinsault and a tiny bit of Syrah and Carignan. Lots of depth on the nose and palate. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • I know there are a lot of educated wine drinkers on this website but I also think that there are many novices like myself on here trying to learn. There is soooo much good information on Snooth but much of it is too advanced for me, and others I'm sure. Basically, I am looking for an advanced wine drinker to give us some of the key essential fac... Read More

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  • Rene Junot Red Table Wine


    This, in the double bottle, is an excellent value for a French red table wine, less than $10 for the 1.5l at our local Safeway. A good choice for entertaining a really large group. Read More

    Wine review by dirkwdeyoung

  • Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier 2007


    90 Rating-Bila Haut Chapoutier Cotes du Rousillon-2008Liked it very much...A ... variety of Syrah, Grenache & CarignanEarthy...tasted like black cherries,...smooth going down-sweet tannins. Reminded me of dark chocolates.Bought it on sale for $12/bottle...great b Read More

    Wine review by Lagnaf59

  • Old World Winery Syrah Blend North Coast Field Blend Two Vineyards 2006


    Blended from two excellent vineyards (Lone Redwood Ranch in the Russian River AVA and Rockin' R Ranch in Mendocino), this delicious wine is tighter and more Rhone-structured than the fruitbomb '05 Field Blend Block that was made entirely from the Lone Redwood Ranch and was not so Syrah-dominated. The 2006 Field Blend has a lovely nose redolent o... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Cave de Cairanne Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Grande Réserve 2005


    Wonderful blend of Grenache 65%, Syrah 20%, Carignan 10% and Mourvedre 5%. Juicy wine that was pleasant surprise to drink. Read More

    Wine review by jerseytomato

  • Hecht & Bannier Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2005


    From its appearance in the glass to its silky finish, this wine exudes ... 35% ... ... 35% Syrah and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, barrel-aged for more than 24 months. The label comments on its "plenitude and onctuousity [sic]." (I think they meant unctuousness.) It has a lot of slender "legs" sliding down from a sheet of glycerine but ... Read More

    Wine review by Diderot

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