Carignane holds the distinction of being one of the most widely planted red
grapes 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.
in color, the 2006 Ancient Vines Carignane offers aromas of plum, chocolate and
clove. The old vine elicits a taste of typical Oakley terroir, a dusty, dark cherry
fruit and a nice bright acidity. It's a perfect match for grilled meats, pasta dishes,
even pizza with goat cheese.