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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  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

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  • Our Daily Red Red Blend California 2007

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    I love that it does not contain sulfites and is not overpriced. I will buy again Read More

    Wine review by kaki0916


  • Les Mines Priorat 2003

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    Wine review by imfr33


  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007

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    What a great find. This was a new wine suggested to us by our waitress the other night and we loved it. Excellent ruby color with a center just a little lighter than the 2005 Silver Oak we had sitting next to it. Aromas of raspberry with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste up front reminded me of black cherry soda which then transitioned i... Read More

    Wine review by jkagel


  • Castelmaure Corbières Col des Vents 2007

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    raspberry and blueberry, medium tannins, nice balance of acidity and spice.....definitely some interesting complexity - a good value drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by Martin Horrocks


  • Carignan Poudou 2008

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    Wine review by skimvin


  • Le Loup Blanc Minervois la Mere Grand 2007

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    Wine review by skimvin


  • Hecht Bannier & Côtes du Roussillon 2006

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    amazing potpourri nose but the palate is kind of dull. standard table wine that would be great to bring to a party. Paired well with my cheeseburger. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006

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    Wine review by davidangot


  • Oriel Red Rhone Blend Priorat Alma de Llicorella 2002

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    A very vibrant wine with complexity throughout. Soft oak on the nose with a bouquet of blackberry, strawberry, cherry, subtle notes of honey and orange. The body is a little hot, but light and well-balanced with a good amount of tannin, notes of citrus, black pepper pomegranate and strawberry with cedar on the back of the palette. A long fini... Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


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