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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  • Oriel Red Rhone Blend Priorat Alma de Llicorella 2002


    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

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


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    Wine review by michalkonwicki

  • Peter Franus Napa Zin 2007


    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


    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

  • 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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