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Carignan

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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 grows 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.

Tasting Notes for Carignan

Carignan is a medium-bodied, dry red 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 Food Pairings for Carignan

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

Sommelier Secrets for Carignan

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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  • Domaine de Nizas Carignan 2006 Front Label
    Domaine de Nizas Carignan 2006
    Carignan from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Terre Brune 2006 Front Label
      Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Terre Brune 2006
      Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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    • Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2006 Front Label
      Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2006
      Carignan from Sonoma County, California
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      • Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2006 Front Label
        Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2006
        Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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      • Cantine Sardus Pater Carignano del Sulcis Is Solus 2006 Front Label
        Cantine Sardus Pater Carignano del Sulcis Is Solus 2006
        Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Ridge Buchignani Ranch Carignane 2006  Front Label
          Ridge Buchignani Ranch Carignane 2006
          Carignan from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • De Martino Single Vineyard El Leon Carignan 2006  Front Label
            De Martino Single Vineyard El Leon Carignan 2006
            Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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            • Meeker Carignane 2006 Front Label
              Meeker Carignane 2006
              Carignan from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Baxter Caballo Blanco Vineyard Carignan 2006  Front Label
                Baxter Caballo Blanco Vineyard Carignan 2006
                Carignan from Mendocino, California
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