Monday, July 20, 2015

92 Points from Wine Advocate - Carignan!!

2010 La Font de L'Oliver Carignan VV Cotes de Thongue...$17.99
A stunning Carignan, the 2010 Carignan Vieilles Vignes (which is from the Cotes de Thongue region) sports a vibrant purple color to go with fabulous notes of crushed violets, purple fruit, new leather, pen ink and sappy herbs. Elegant, seamless and focused, with medium+-bodied richness and vibrant, yet integrated acidity, this beauty opens up in the glass, has finely polished tannin and a great finish. Readers looking for a textbook, impeccably put together Carignan need look no further. Still youthful, enjoy it anytime over the coming 5-7 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

GRAPE: Carignan

Carignan:  (CariƱena in Spain) is a black-skinned wine grape variety, most likely native to the Aragon region of northern Spain (specifically the town of Carinena). The variety goes by a number of distinct names, depending on its precise locality. The most famous wines in which Carignan plays a role are those from Rioja, where it is known as Mazuelo.   In France Carignan was the most-planted grape variety from the 1960s-2000. Around three-quarters of France’s Carignan is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Carignan is only rarely made as a varietal wine, but the best examples can show characteristics of dark and black fruits, pepper, licorice, and spicy and savory accents. 

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