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
Carignan: (Cariñena 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.