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Ranchero Carignan 2010

Carignan from North Coast, California
  • WE89
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Hailing from a low-yielding site inRedwood Valley, thegrapes that made thiswine have been grownas a labor of love now by three generations of the Colombini family. On this ranch, the clusters hang from 90-year-old vines as big as I am that easily stand up to Carignan's reputation as wild and uncivilized. Whole cluster fermentation helped moderate the assertive tannin and generous acid of the variety, while the period of cold soak brought the plummy fruit to the forefront. The resulting wine is perfectly balanced between sweet and savory aromas, with plenty of texture and structure in the mouth filled out by a plush, fruity mid-palate.

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This Paso producer went north to find old-vine Carignan, a totally worthwhile effort with the wine showing aromas of hugely ripe strawberry and watermelon Jolly Rancher, the tannins smooth and dusty. An easy drinking wine, a hint of Pastis lingers at the end.
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Ranchero, California
Founded by way of endless infatuation and intellectual curiosity, Ranchero Cellars is my just reward for years of making wine for others. I have lived and breathed winemaking on all levels – from the storied and venerated Napa institutions, to the intrepid Paso Robles startup – and have come to understand that this is where I belong. Over the past 16 years I have fallen in love with certain vineyards, particular varieties, specific styles and methods. Here is where I am free to bring them all together, exploring, learning, and asking new questions. I can combine time-tested processes with cutting-edge technology. I can make impeccably balanced, elegant and polished whites, while I try to wrap my brain around the wild, brambly, and gnarly red beast that is Carignan. I hope you’ll come along with me as I ride these dusty roads and rocky hillsides. And remember to close the gate on your way out.

XOXO Amy Jean

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North Coast

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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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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 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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