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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  • V.i.t 'Visitare' Côtes du Roussillon Ac M. Chapoutier Tain Chapoutier Michel 2006


    This Corbières has a deep ruby colour. On the nose, the first impression is ... and Syrah with some old vine Carignan making up the blend. 10 - 12 months ageing in French barriques after a period of cuve ageing gives it complexity but by no means does the oak component dominate the palat Read More

    Wine review by Cathy Shore

  • Heredad Soliterra Priorat 2006


    Needs to breath a few hours. Chocolate and blackberry nose, med-full body, overall well-blanced and smooth, but still pretty tannic. Concentrated and bright bramble fruit and earth with notes of caramel and salt on the palette, long-lasting finish of cherries, subtle notes of vanilla and seaweed. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  •,000 bottles of counterfeit Fitou wine circulate on the Chinese market. The bottles probably contain Chinese wine. The counterfeiters have copied the label and the bottle of the cooperative Mont Tauch, one of the major companies in the wine appellation of Fito... Read More

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  • Gallo's 2007 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was said by the company to have "the dark fruit aromas and flavours of black cherry and ripe plum". But when a French court case concludes in 10 days' time, the American winery may... Read More

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  • I am hoping someone with some pairing knowledge can help me. for Valentines day, I am making a nice, intimate dinner... I have pairings for the appetizer and dessert... but I am looking for a main dish pairing..I am basically making a bone-in pork chop, which I dredge in semolina flour (vs regular, cause I like the slight crust) and totally dr... Read More

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  • Domaine la Baranière Côtes du Rhône Villages Chusclan 2006


    low tannins, very little oak - notes of sweet wood, blackberries and currants ... a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Should go nicely with non-game meats including poultry and light stew Read More

    Wine review by erickgrau

  • Monte Volpe Red Blend Redwood Valley Primo Rosso 2006


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    Wine review by hmharrigan

  • 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

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