Learn about Carignan — taste profile, popular regions and more …
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 2006Carignan from Languedoc, South of France, France
Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Terre Brune 2006Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2006Carignan from Sonoma County, California
Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2006Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
Cantine Sardus Pater Carignano del Sulcis Is Solus 2006Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
Ridge Buchignani Ranch Carignane 2006Carignan from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
De Martino Single Vineyard El Leon Carignan 2006Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
Meeker Carignane 2006Carignan from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Baxter Caballo Blanco Vineyard Carignan 2006Carignan from Mendocino, California