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 Carignan (Carinena) Wine

Carignan (Cariñena in Spain) is a black-skinned wine grape variety, most likely native to Aragon, northern Spain (specifically the town of Carinena). The variety goes by a number of distinct names, depending on its precise locality. Very few of these numerous synonyms ever appear on wine labels, either due to appellation labeling laws or because Carignan's key use is as a blending component. The most famous wines in which Carignan plays a role are those from Rioja, where it is known as Mazuelo.

Carignan prefers warm, dry climates when the grape can express high tannins, acid and color. This makes it an excellent addition to red wine blends that have plenty of aroma and flavor, but lack body and depth of color. 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.

Carignan (Carinena)
Carignan (Carinena) Grapes

Carignan is usually grown as bush vines, many of which are very old and require hand-harvesting as the vines’ stems are too tough for machines. It is a late-ripening variety that is known to produce high yields if not properly cropped. This was once considered an attractive attribute of the grape but, as this can make it difficult to achieve good flavor concentration, it also led to it falling out of favor.

In France Carignan was the most-planted grape variety from the 1960s-2000, but huge vine-pull schemes in the 1980s nearly halved the grape’s total acreage by the turn of the century. Around three-quarters of France’s Carignan is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where it is largely produced as Vin de Table.

In Spain the best Carinena wines are found in the acclaimed Priorat region. While the grape originated in Aragon, it is nowadays more widely used in Catalonia. Carinena is not regarded particularly highly in Spain, where it plays second fiddle to Garnacha (Grenache), which itself ranks behind Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of popularity.

Other prominent growing areas are the island of Sardinia, where it is known as Carignano. The hot Mediterranean climate is perfect for the old vines planted here and the resulting wine is valued for its richness and spiciness. In California it is spelled Carignane, and it is generally only used in blended wines.

Carignan is very susceptible to powdery mildew and can require extensive spraying to mitigate its vulnerabilities. For this reason, organic Carignan is extremely rare.

Synonyms include: Cariñena, Carignan Noir, Carignane, Carignano, Mazuelo, Gragnano, Pinot Evara, Samso.

Popular blends include: Southern Rhone Blend, Carignan – Grenache – Syrah, Carignan – Syrah, Carignan - Cinsault – Grenache.

Related grape varieties include: Carignan Gris, Carignan Blanc.

Food matches include:
Europe: Sardinian herbed suckling pig (porceddu), peppery Catalan sausage (salchichon de Vic)
Asia: Singaporean black pepper crab
Americas: Spicy meatballs, eggplant lasagne
Africa/Middle East: Baked meatballs (frikkadels)


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Region 
Popularity
Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $39 1188
Cantina Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino IGT, Sardinia, Italy Sardinia $29 3739
Cantina Santadi 'Terre Brune' Carignano del Sulcis Superiore, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $47 3800
Miguel Torres Cordillera Reserva Especial Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile Maule Valley $20 4395
Cantina Santadi Rocca Rubia Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $22 5083
Cantina Santadi Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $10 5284
Joan Simo 'Les Eres' Vinyes Velles, Priorat, Spain Priorat $47 6709
Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $13 8235
Sella & Mosca TerreRare Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $15 13152
Odfjell Orzada Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile Maule Valley $20 13971
Capichera Assaje Carignano Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $34 14008
Alegria Old Vines Carinena, Aragon, Spain Aragon $10 14217
Cantina Mesa Buio Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $17 14265
Terra de Verema Priorat Corelium, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat $64 14616
Celler Alcover Jofre Fra Fulco, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat $56 14983
Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Carignane, Contra Costa County, USA Contra Costa County $15 16614
Lioco Indica, Mendocino County, USA Mendocino County $20 17365
Ridge Vineyards Triangle Carignan, Sonoma County, USA Sonoma County $32 22207
Porter Creek Old Vines Carignan, Mendocino County, USA Mendocino County $25 23732
Domaine Pierre Cros Minervois Vieilles Vignes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Minervois $15 28932
Cantine Sardus Pater Is Solus Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $13 29089
Cantina Mesa Meno Buio Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $18 29560
Bodegas Marco Abella Mas Mallola, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat $35 30117
Santa Ema Amplus Carignan Old Vines, Cachapoal Valley, Chile Cachapoal Valley $25 32467
Domaine d'Aupilhac Le Carignan, IGP Pays d'Herault Mont Baudile, France IGP Pays d'Herault $27 32885
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