Carignane holds the distinction of being one of the most widely planted red
grape in France. It is also grown abundantly in Italy, Spain, Algeria and Israel
and was once the most planted varietal in the new world. It has traditionally
been used as a blending grape because of its favorable yields, excellent acidity
and big tannins.
Cline Cellars is one of a few wineries to vinify this varietal.
Dark ruby in color, the 2005 Ancient Vines Carignane offers aromas of plum,
chocolate and clove and has a nice bright acidity. It's a perfect match for
grilled meats, pasta dishes and pizza with goat cheese.