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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  • Cuvee de Pena Vin de Pays 2005

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    This unoaked red from Vin de Pays is a mix of 57% Grenache, 38% Carignan, and 5% Syrah. Ruby red color. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of berry and spice with tastes of red berries, spice, dust, and the peppery characteristic of syrah. This wine is simple but very pleasurable to drink. Great deal for the price. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Onix Priorat 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor


  • Costières de Nîmes Perrières Kreydenweiss 2003

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    Very ggod red wine with cherry and some tannins. Read More

    Wine review by SEFB


  • I've gotten a few questions from both consumers and producer about this GTi since Grenache is one of the world's greatest blending grapes. Well rest assured that we are equal opportunity imbibers here at Snooth and are interested in any wine that gives you your Grenache fix! To start us off allow me to run straight for the southern Rhone and wri... Read More

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  • Château Moyau Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape Terre de Pierre 2005

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    Made from a blend of southern red grape varietals (52% Carignan, 24% Grenache Noir, 18% Mourvedre and 6% Syrah), the wine is cherry red with flashes of black in the glass with an intense nose of black currants, raspberries and licorice. As the wine opens, the wine takes on aromas of mellow black fruits with slightly spicy, elegant finish. The ... Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • Domaine la Combe Blanche "Calamiac Terroir" 2005

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    Rich and slightly rustic in style, the wine has aromas of plums, cassis, ... ... 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 20% Grenach Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • Chateau Hauterive le Haut Corbieres South France France Red 2005

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    Lovely wine, 50% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache, all of the grapes come from old vines making the wine wonderfully concentrated with intense fruit that is often seen in good Corbieres. That intensity of slightly offset by subtle oak. Read More

    Wine review by jree261


  • Clos de la Procure Cotes de Provence 2006

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    A good wine. I don't think I paid $58 for it, but well worth $15. Lots of fruit on the nose, but not jammy. Lighter than expected on palate and very drinkable. Imported by Kermit Lynch Read More

    Wine review by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


  • Our Daily Red Red Blend California 2007

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    This is a good red wine. No bitterness, smooth taste, but lacks a distinct flavor. Read More

    Wine review by akimii


  • Saint Chinian Domaine Simeoni Cuvee Sieis 2007

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    We tasted this not long after it was delivered (i.e. half day) and we only had one bottle of it, so I am not sure how different it would have tasted if left to settle for a week. However, we really liked this wine. Not too easy drinking. I think good value for the money. Read More

    Wine review by Inti


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