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
    • A Six Pack of Le Cigare

      Recently, we had the opportunity to taste through 6 wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Le Cigare range. The reds, designated “Le Cigare Volant,” are probably better known than the whites, “Le Cigare Blanc,“ but whether pale or dark, the wines in this series are some of the finest, and most underrated, produced anywhere on the Left Coast, in my not-so-humble opinion.

      George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Winein Syrah- 1 readers -
    • Tasting Dry Creek Valley Red Blends

      It's that time again, where I recap another fun virtual tasting. This time it was with McCue Communications presenting the wines of the Dry Creek Valley. Once again it was a small group of bloggers participating, along with the winemakers from each of the three wineries. The wineries were a veritable who's who of Dry Creek producers, with histories stretching back through the decades.

      Beau's Barrel Roomin Syrah- 5 readers -
    • 6 Budget Friendly Wines for Thanksgiving

      Thanksgiving is less than a week away! That means we all need some wine to serve our guests or ourselves, preferably both. Spending top dollar to get good wines is fairly simple. Finding value driven offerings that get the job done is a bit more challenging. Here are some delicious selections that will work well for your Thanksgiving meal. With one exception they all clock in under $25.

      Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec- 1 readers -
  • 2012 Bedrock Lorenzo's Heritage

    … meat notes in the nose... and spicy raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate, plum, lavender and anise impressions in the mouth... dusty tannins and appealing acidity provide contrast to the heady (15.5%ABV) experience, which benefits from an hour or two of airtime and will likely improve with a few years in the cellar and perhaps last 20 years... a potent and evolving mainstay of the formidable Bedrock portfolio... excellent! Taste 8 Nose 8 Value 10 40.00…

    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- 3 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 -
  • 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

    … to know how it would do on a holiday table. The grapes for this wine were grown in Apalta, Colchagua Valley. The wine was a blend of mostly Carmenére with a jus splash of Carignane and Tempranillo. The 14.3% alcohol wine was a dark purple to black color with a ruby rim. The aroma reminded me of earthiness, dark berry fruits and spices…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 3 readers -
  • Cliffs Wine Picks – Nov 3, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014

    … approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine. My Tasting Note The wine is a deep ruby to maroon color. The very enticing nose has brambly berries, cherry, black pepper, licorice, warm baking spices, charred meat…

    Cliff's Wine Picks- 1 readers -
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  • Wines of the Week: November 15, 2014

    … it, and buy more for now. 2008 Ridge California Mazzoni Home Ranch Sonoma County 14.5% abv | $27 This is a field blend of zinfandel, carignane, and petite sirah, planted 100 years ago in rocky soils in a vineyard just north of Geyserville; the plot is currently dry-farmed. The wine has a lustrous ruby color and the woodsy scent of crushed pine…

    Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Tablein Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Update on saving a historic California vineyard: the news is good

    … marsh in Eastern Contra Costa County in the general, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area. The project, while an otherwise lovely effort to protect and maintain verdant wetland habitat, would have destroyed a historic and utterly irreplaceable 14-acre Carignane vineyard (“the Jose vineyard”) originally planted in the 1880’s. I wrote about the project…

    The Wine-o-scope- 7 readers -
  • 2008 Ridge Lytton Springs – Bottle Notes

    … Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Merlot Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Halloween party wines

    …. However, Moon Curser’s Border Vines is more comparable to Besieged with a price of $25 for a six-grape blend of Bordeaux varieties. The Moon Curser wines can be found in VQA stores while Besieged is not listed in about 80 Liquor Distribution Branch stores. And there is ample stock, with about 3,000 bottles of Besieged available. …

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on winein Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

    …, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and Mourvedre with precision and care. Would the grapes from these old vines produce a bewitching blend? With time and age, Joel thought we shall know. Joel Peterson, better known for his full-bodied Ravenswood Zinfandel wines, has decided to try his fortune at making a blend from old vine…

    Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePalin Syrah- 1 readers -
  • Spotlight Winery: Cesar Toxqui Cellars

    … on steroids. 2011 Zinfandel, Immigrant, Russian River, $24, 14.3% alc. There is a lot going on in this wine. Bright strawberry and cherry fruit meet dusty cocoa, rose petal, and brambly raspberry. This wine has many flavors and enough of each to allow it to pair with a wide variety of foods. MV Ruthless Red, $18, 14.5% alc. The MV stands for multiple…

    John Cesano/ John on Winein Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay -
  • 2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

    … I first tasted a bottle back in mid 2013 and wanted to revisit the wine after allowing it to age over the past year. What I found after popping the cork was just amazing. Now for those of you who have heard little of the varietal, carmine is a hybrid of cabernet sauvignon, carignane and merlot. Ripe fruit with intense juicy character is what…

    Dan's Cellar Sipsin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 1 readers -
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