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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  • 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


  • Decided to take a drive over to KL wines in Redwood City because they had 4 bottles of the Tablas Creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (Paso Robles) I was looking for. While there, I picked up a few french wines based on the tasting notes/ and the type of varietals I like. Since I am just beginning to learn about French wines, thought someone... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just picked up a few French...


  • J. P. Chenet Medium Sweet les Grands Chais de France 2008

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    Wine review by michalkonwicki


  • Peter Franus Napa Zin 2007

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    This is such a great Californian Zinfandel! One of the few I have tasted lately ... ... Charbono, Mourvedre and Carignan this warm and inviting Zin shows great complexity. The wine is dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberries, lavender, plum with a touch of clove and anise. The lush palate exudes fruity flavors of plum and blackberries bal... Read More

    Wine review by WhatsNewinBooze


  • Five Rivers Merlot 2003

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    Dark nose of cassis, some herbal tones perhaps sage, cola and licorice. Dark ... know. It's just more of a carignan or grenache style, which for merlot is unexpecte Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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