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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  • Château Mont Milan Corbières Ac 2007

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    A date in a glass. Not a get-to-know-you outing, but pure sweet dried fruit. A bit of cinnamon/vanilla sweet spice and then much-needed mint on the end to stop it cloying too much. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley


  • Torres Sangre de Toro 2006

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    A good way to try grenache. Its a value priced deep fruit. The bitterness do not make a dent on this easy drinking biofriendly wine. Read More

    Wine review by cesarhdez


  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by moose002003


  • Lot 64 California 2005

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    Wine review by Iain


  • Barons de Rothschild a d'Aussieres 2005

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    Beautiful ruby color, bright cherry and raspberry nose, light but very well balanced and velvety smooth body with cranberry and cherry, very nice stone fruit finish. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Castelmaure Corbières Col des Vents 2007

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    Aroma: blueberry, black cherry, spice, pepper.Flavor: Blueberry, Spice, watermelon, pepper, raspberry, black pepper, fairly complex for price , medium body, slightly acidic, medium to light tannins, Might have some aging potential (8 - 10 years) All in all I like it, corbieres is one of my "go-to" inexpensive wines, because it is similar to Rhon... Read More

    Wine review by Kheldarstl


  • Bonterra Vineyards Bonterra Organic Shiraz/Carignan California 2004

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    Wine review by Dreamgal


  • Santa Ema Amplus "One" Red Blend 2005

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    blend of carmenere (75%), syrah (20%) and carignan (5%). They produce another red i've had a few times...both are worth a try. Read More

    Wine review by Nick75


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  • Mas Haut-Buis "Les Carlines" Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge 2007

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    Cassis, cedar, cigar box & slight vanilla on the nose. Medium bodied but ... ... (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carigna Read More

    Wine review by tempest


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