Carignan (also known as Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Cariñena, Samsó, and Carignane) is a red Spanish/French wine grape variety that is widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean and across the globe. Along with Aramon, it was once considered one of the main grapes responsible for France's wine lake and was a substantial producer in jug wine production in California's Central Valley.Ampelographers believe that the grape likely originated in Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia, elsewhere in Italy, France, Algeria, and much of the New World. The varietal was historically a component of Rioja's red wine blend.
Posts about Carignane
  • Quick Sip: Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna

    … Hello Friends, Today’s Quick Sip is the F. Teldeschi Winery 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna red blend. F. Teldeschi is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appellation. The family has 70 acres under vine planted to Zinfandel, which the area is well-known for, along with Petite Sirah, Carignane, some…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spot- 4 readers -
  • Wine: The Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change

    Discussions of the effects of a warming planet are in the news. Rising sea levels, less salinity in the ocean waters because of melting glaciers, stormy weather, hotter summers, etc. Like all farmers the wine grape growers are concerned. Maybe you've heard the concerns about some areas getting too hot to continue to grow grapes by the end of the century.

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 6 readers -
  • 2012 Post & Vine Testa Vineyard Old Vine Field Blend

    … briery black and red cherry, blueberry, vanilla and cedar...but in the mouth the wine comes to life, and expands beyond the Buccella decadence, with an acid framework provided by the Carignane, that lifts and contrasts the richness of the Zinfandel and Petite Sirah... flavors of red cherry, blueberry, cassis, anise and cola arrange themselves around…

    Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Week; 2012 Sandlands Chenin Blanc

    … classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite (sand), from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture. Primarily head-trained, dry-farmed and own rooted, the vineyards we work with harken back to California’s roots of exploration, wonder, and hard…

    Martin D. Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog- 6 readers -
  • Wine of the Week

    … Brewers that work in the craft or European tradition often issue seasonal or limited release beers, so why should wineries be any different? Here’s an example, and if you’re feeling bewitched, bothered and bewildered — or rather beset by the obligations and responsibilities of late December — turn to Besieged 2013, a limited release red wine…

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • 2012 Bedrock Lorenzo's Heritage

    …Composed of 60% Zinfandel, 25% Carignane, and the remainder Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Cinsualt, Valdigue and "a few other odds and ends" from Mr Teldeschi's Dry Creek Bench dry-farmed sites planted in the early to mid 1900's... its a full-throttle, 1970's style wine that brings some serious, briery, spicy, voluptuous black fruit and roasted…

    Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine- 2 readers -
  • Tierra Divina Vineyards Reds 2012

    … and also Argentina; old vine vineyards cultivated by “the hands of the same family for three generations or more. Heritage vineyards are not good because they are old, rather they are old because they are good.” Winemaking: The Carignane grapes were sourced from 135 year old vines in central Lodi. Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth…

    the buddha in your glass- 5 readers -
  • A Six Pack of Le Cigare

    … anything less than outstanding. Farmed biodynamically, the property is surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains. The grapes grown here are complex, concentrated and mineral intensive, due to the deeply rooted vines. 2011 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Arroyo Seco Beeswax Vineyard, 62% Grenache…

    George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Winein Syrah- 1 readers -
  • Amy Butler Talks about Carignan

    … the consulting winemaker at LXV (a post that will be coming soon) and has her own label, Ranchero Cellars. Amy’s big thing is the carignan grape (also spelled carignane). We’ll let you look at the video to tell you why. We’ve tasted the wine and it was awesome! The post Amy Butler Talks about Carignan appeared first on … 1 readers -
  • Tasting Dry Creek Valley Red Blends

    … are interested in the Rhone varietals grown throughout the Valley. Syrah, cinsault, grenache, and mourvedre dominate the Rhone grapes, supported by carignan, petit sirah, marsanne, roussanne, and viognier. Luckily, with over 50 wineries throughout the AVA, finding great wine is very easy. The three producers represented here all have rich histories…

    Beau's Barrel Roomin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Wine of Fat Louis

    … wine because it is fun. While neither of the Fat Louis wines will likely cause one to have a wine epiphany, they might just make you smile…. 2013 Fat Louis Greetings From France: Retail $12. Screw cap, 50% Grenache, 30% Carignane, 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Pear and green apple with a touch of honeyed pineapple on the nose lead to a fun wine with great…

    the drunken cyclistin Sauvignon Blanc- 7 readers -
  • The Other Bordeaux Variety for Thanksgiving

    …. On the taste there were blueberries, blackberries, licorice and tobacco. The wine had medium chewy tannins with fruit yielding to spices on the aftertaste. The wine begs for food. When thinking about the holidays, this wine would match well with game meats and foods with earthy notes. For Thanksgiving the wine would pair well with many stuffings and dark…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 3 readers -
  • 6 Budget Friendly Wines for Thanksgiving

    …. With one exception they all clock in under $25. Even at lower price points it’s nice to have one splurge wine to consider. Espirit du Rhone 2013 Cotes du Rhone AOC ($11.99) This wine blends together Grenache (60%), Syrah 30%), Carignan (5%), and Cinsault (5%). 1,000 cases of this wine have been imported to the US. Hints of anise and rhubarb aromas…

    Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec- 1 readers -
  • Cliffs Wine Picks – Nov 3, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014

    … established. Cabernet and Zinfandel account for most of the production; Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century’s experience…

    Cliff's Wine Picks- 1 readers -
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