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Carignan

Responsible for some of the most stunning old vine red wine on the planet ...

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Responsible for some of the most stunning old vine red wine on the planet, Carignan has an amazing capacity to survive dry, arid climates and still produce lovely, mouthwatering wine. In Spain it goes by the name of Mazuelo and while it may have originated there in the province of Aragón (with Grenache), its popularity lies elsewhere. It spread across countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, becoming ubiquitous throughout the south of France. Today it flourishes as a blending grape in the Languedoc-Roussillon and also growns in Sardinia, mainland Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Croatia and Northern Africa. Likewise, producers in the New World—namely California and Chile—bottle excellent single-varietal Carignan wines.

In the Glass

This is a medium-bodied wine with dried cranberry and raspberry fruit. It can take on an attractive savory quality with alluring notes of baking spice, black tea, black licorice or earth.

Perfect Pairings

Try Carignan with seared ahi, roasted turkey or duck, lamb gyros or chops, aged Gouda or Manchego and cured meats.

Sommelier Secret

Historically Carignan did not enjoy the respect that it does today. In the mid 20th century, Carignan covered nearly 140,000 ha in Algeria, where it was made into low quality bulk and blending wine to supply mass-market demand.

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    Alcance Vigno Carignan 2014
    Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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    Lioco Sativa Carignan 2016
    Carignan from Mendocino, California
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    Lioco Sativa Carignan 2015
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    MELI Carignan 2014
    Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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    Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2017
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      Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Riserva Carignano 2014
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        Pax Testa Vineyard Carignan 2016
        Carignan from Mendocino, California
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        Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2015
        Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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