About Carignane Red Wine

About Carignane Red Wine
Carignane is a red grape that is planted in the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France as well as in California and Italy, where it is known as Carignano. In France it is bottled on its own or sometimes blended, as in a Rhone Valley red. In California, it is made as a varietal wine by a few producers, such as Ridge, while it is a serious red in the Sulkies district of Sardinia.

Top Picks for Carignane

Anayón 2015  Carignane
93 points
Black garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, sour cherry gastrique, plum pudding, cedar, dill, leather, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long finish with nuances of artichoke hearts, clove, and oregano with light oak flavor. A slightly funky, well-developed Carignane that will pair like a dream.
Balduzzi 2015 Viejo Encachao Carignan
92 points
Ruby color. Aromas of borscht, white beans, thyme, and cherry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long roasted parsnip in vinaigrette, French silk pie, and toasted meringue finish with moderate oak flavor. An attractive and well-balanced Carignane in a highly pairable style.
Particular 2016 Particular Cariñena
89 points
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, ripe strawberry, pastry crusts, olives, allspice, and chocolate-caramel sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, carefree finish displaying impressions of hint of mint with no oak flavor. A rich and sultry red that offer delicious notes of chocolate-covered berries.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Frey 2016 Organic Carignane
87 points
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Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry-studded scones, dark agave syrup, ripe plums, and pepper sauce with a tannic, vibrant, medium-full body and a seamless, captivating, medium finish with accents of dark chocolate, honey-lemon tea, and graphite with grippy, chewy, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A firm but fruity Carignane for steaks al fresco.
87 points $15 Best Buy