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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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  • Chateau Maris Les Anciens Carignan 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Maris Les Anciens Carignan 2012
    Carignan from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Fortant Mountains Grand Reserve Carignan 2012 Front Label
      Fortant Mountains Grand Reserve Carignan 2012
      Carignan from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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      • MELI Dueno de la Luna Carignane 2012 Front Label
        MELI Dueno de la Luna Carignane 2012
        Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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      • Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Riserva Carignano 2012 Front Label
        Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Riserva Carignano 2012
        Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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      • Chateau Maris Le Carignan de Maris 2012 Front Label
        Chateau Maris Le Carignan de Maris 2012
        Carignan from Languedoc, South of France, France
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        • Particular Carinena Carignan 2012 Front Label
          Particular Carinena Carignan 2012
          Carignan from Carinena, Spain
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          • MELI Carignan 2012 Front Label
            MELI Carignan 2012
            Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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          • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2012 Front Label
            Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2012
            Carignan from Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Gillmore Gillmore Vigno Carignan 2012 Front Label
            Gillmore Gillmore Vigno Carignan 2012
            Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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            • JS91
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          • Jeff Runquist R Carignane 2012 Front Label
            Jeff Runquist R Carignane 2012
            Carignan from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Porter Creek Old Vine Carignane 2012 Front Label
              Porter Creek Old Vine Carignane 2012
              Carignan from North Coast, California
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              • Lioco Indica Carignan 2012 Front Label
                Lioco Indica Carignan 2012
                Carignan from North Coast, California
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                • Santadi Terre Brune Carignano del Sulcis Superiore 2012 Front Label
                  Santadi Terre Brune Carignano del Sulcis Superiore 2012
                  Carignan from Italy
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                  • Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2012 Front Label
                    Cline Ancient Vines Carignane 2012
                    Carignan from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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                    • Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rossa 2012 Front Label
                      Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rossa 2012
                      Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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                      • Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Les Tosses 2012 Front Label
                        Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Les Tosses 2012
                        Carignan from Priorat, Spain
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                      • Vesper McCormick Ranch Carignan 2012 Front Label
                        Vesper McCormick Ranch Carignan 2012
                        Carignan from California
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                        • Morande Edicion Limitada Olvidado del Carignan 2012 Front Label
                          Morande Edicion Limitada Olvidado del Carignan 2012
                          Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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                          • Santa Carolina Specialties Dry Farming Carignan 2012  Front Label
                            Santa Carolina Specialties Dry Farming Carignan 2012
                            Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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                            • Ravenswood Angeli Carignan 2012  Front Label
                              Ravenswood Angeli Carignan 2012
                              Carignan from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Cantine Sardus Pater Carignano del Sulcis Is Solus 2012 Front Label
                                Cantine Sardus Pater Carignano del Sulcis Is Solus 2012
                                Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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                                • Toucan Wines Evangelho Vineyard Carignane 2012 Front Label
                                  Toucan Wines Evangelho Vineyard Carignane 2012
                                  Carignan from Central Coast, California
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                                  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Carignan 2012 Front Label
                                    Domaine Lafage Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Carignan 2012
                                    Carignan from France
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                                    • Capichera Isola dei Nuraghi Assaje Carignano 2012 Front Label
                                      Capichera Isola dei Nuraghi Assaje Carignano 2012
                                      Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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                                      • Canepa Genovino Carignan 2012 Front Label
                                        Canepa Genovino Carignan 2012
                                        Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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