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Wine Guide > Carignane


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Carignane is a Spanish variety of grape that originated in Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia, elsewhere in Italy, France, Algeria, and much of the New World.

Carignane is responsible for huge quantities of mediocre or poor wine; nevertheless, when it is grown on a slope, to lower the yield, as is done in Sardinia, or grown on very old, low-yielding vines, as in parts of California, it can produce a wine with good body, color, and character with a characteristic harshness and astringency that diminishes with age. In California, the grape is not often used to make varietal wines, but producers such as Ravenswood, Cline and Mayo Family Winery make notable varietals from old vines.

It is often blended with Cinsaut, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Merlot, and/or many other grapes, especially in the Languedoc region of France, where it is very widely planted but now on the decline. It has an upright growth habit and can be grown without a trellis. It was crossed to Cabernet Sauvignon to give Ruby Cabernet.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with rustic dishes including sausages and herbed poultry. Also try with grilled greens and meats and herbed salads.
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Chameleon Cellars
CAW Rating: 93
1 reviews

2005 Chameleon Carignane North Coast

NEW RELEASE! This deeply-colored and finely-nuanced wine was crafted from 55-year-old vines in Solano County’s Green Valley. Light, sandy-loam soils combined with warm days and co ...moreol nights, thanks to its proximity to Suisun Bay, allow for full development of the flavors and intense pigmentation for which this venerable variety is renowned.

Its violet, chocolate and cherry aromas are echoed on the palate, supported on a framework of sturdy tannins and firm acidity which, while encouraging current consumption with roast chicken, turkey or pork, will carry it gracefully through the next three to four years in the bottle.

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Jade Mountain Winery
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2004 Jade Mountain Carignane
Contra Costa County

Fruit for the 2004 Jade Mountain Carignane from Evangelho Vineyard was hand picked into half-ton bins in the early morning hours. The juice underwent a 14 day fermentation, with pe ...moreriodic pump overs to extract flavors and aromas We aged the wine for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, racking it three times while in barrel. The wine was then sterile filtered and bottled.
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Witch Creek Winery
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2006 Carignane
San Diego

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Big White House
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1999 Carignane
Phillips Vineyard, Brentwood

This old vine Carignane vineyard from near the Mokelumne River is farmed to a tiny yield that allows the normally large diameter Carignane grape to develop beautiful varietal chara ...morecter. We pushed to extract all we could and were richly rewarded by this structured, aromatic Rhone styled wine. The perfumed nose reveals red delicious apples, rhubarb and pepper. The mouth is full and rich, with up-front tannin that resolves to chocolate, red apples and black pepper. Some may remember when we released the '99 Carignane the first time in 2001. Now with an additional five years on oak, the fruit is still there but is accompanied by vanilla, chocolate and hazelnuts from the long oak exposure.

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Pacific Star Winery
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2004 Carignane
Ricetti Vineyards, Mendocino County

Early decades of California's wine industry found this commonly grown grape used as the backbone of blended red "jug" wines, where it provided spice and fragrance to the more heady ...more and densely colored blending grapes. Today we're lucky to revisit this heritage varietal, allowing wine lovers to appreciate Carignane for it's own qualities.

Out of respect for vines their ancestors planted, Mendocino County grape farmers Tom and Pamela Ricetti struggle to keep Carignane and other rare varietals available to us. At their Redwood Valley vineyard, Tom tills the same rich soil and prunes the same vines as his father - harvesting grapes derived from generations of labor. I'm grateful to partner with such heritage-rich growers and hope you'll try our other wines made from nearly forgotten vineyards.

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Frick Winery
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2005 Carignane
Mendocino County

Here you will discover the intrigue of the Carignane grape on its own. A unique, memorable character bursts from the glass inviting return visits to the deep fruit and earth flavor ...mores. Taste and enjoy the flavor of California and world history from these old vines. The 2005 vintage produced only 360 cases.

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Alderbrook Winery
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2004 Carignane
Dry Creek Valley

This Carignane was sourced from a 50-year-old vineyard in the upper Dry Creek Valley.

Windsor Vineyards
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2005 Carignane
Alexander Valley

Medium-bodied and ruby red, this wine presents rousing aromas of cherry cola, cinnamon-cedar spice and a hint of anise. Ripe Bing cherry, ripe plum and black raspberry flavors danc ...moree with a whisper of toasty oak.

2007 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

Gold Medal Winner

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Grands Amis
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2003 Grands Amis Carignane

1942 vines, planted in rich loamy soils, head trained, and watered only twice, contributed to this unusual big wine. It compares more with old world Spanish style wines. It has a d ...moreense full body with a velvet blackcurrant introduction, and plenty of dried herb, licorice, pepper and spice box on the middle pallet. Ending with a surprising tannic structure, this wine will drink well in the next three to four years.

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2003 Grands Amis Carignane Reserve

This wine surprises with prune and nougat aromas, gently mixed with some vanilla flavors generated from the French Oak. It has a good rounded mid pallet and tannin structure, follo ...morewed by a good acidic and white pepper finish. This old vine Carignane (1942 vines planted in rich loamy soils) will become the flagship wine of Grands Amis' old world tradition.
It has been aged for 27 months in 100% second fill French Oak Barrels.
Alcohol 14.2%
Total Production: 47 cases

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Schwaesdall Winery
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2001 Carignan

100% Carignan grapes handcrafted in the European Rhone style - Chocolate nose with earthy woodtones on the palate, very dry

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Milano Family Winery
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2003 Carignane

Double Gold at National Women's Wine Competition

The grapes come from 55 year old vines from Hidden Hawk Ranch. Full and soft with vanilla and caramel. Lush b ...morelack fruits with a hint of spice. Subtle French Oak in the background. Incredible color with a long, lingering finish.

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Wild Hog Vineyard
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2005 Saini Vineyard Carignane
Dry Creek Valley

Our 9th vintage of this wine is a bit more subtle and savory than the 2004 vintage. A wonderful food wine, it has bright fruit on the nose. Warm and smooth with a great palate feel ...more, this wine is rich with apple-pear butter flavors, a cherry finish, and a bit of smoke, caramel, and taffy hidden inside. 310 cases were produced.
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Bargetto Winery
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2006 Lodi Carignane

The 2006 Carignane is from 95 year old Rauser vineyard just outside Lodi. These vines are huge with arms as thick as tree trunks. This is a lighter style of red wine with aromas of ...more cherry and violets. When the wine is tasted the cherry aroma follows through as sweet as cherry pie with hints of toasty oak. This is a wine to be sacored in 2008 when the weather gets warmer.

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Coturri Winery
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2007 Carignane
Testa Vineyards Mendocino County

2007 vintage will be available Fall 2008.

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CAW Rating: 93
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