Category Archives: Carignan

A visit to Cataluña’s Priorat district and the Morlanda winery

Recently, I went on a media/trade trip to Spain to visit the Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-a-net”) properties. I learned about their famous Cava, the sparkling wine made in the Method Champenoise (more on that in another post). But besides Cava, I … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cava, Grenache/Garnacha, Spain, Visits to Vineyards/Winemakers | 3 Comments

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Cono Sur “Bicicleta” 2012 Merlot, Valle Central, Chile, 13.5% ABV, $7 and up

It was one of those nights when I didn’t want to consume any of the wines we’ve laid away at home; I just wanted to get ripped. Late Thursday night, I was on my way home from a theatre rehearsal … Continue reading

Posted in Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Chile, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot | 3 Comments

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Leese-Fitch 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, California. 13.5% ABV. $9.99.

Three of us tasted this beauty, and all of us were stunned that a Cab this young (and inexpensive!) could possibly be this complex and delicious. Turns out there’s a reason: while it is indeed mostly Cab, it is in … Continue reading

Posted in Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Carignan, Merlot, Petite Sirah | 7 Comments

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Torres, Sangre de Toro, 2009 Red Wine, Catalunya, Spain. Garnacha and Cariñena blend, 13.5% ABV. $11.99.

This wine was recommended by one of our readers, so when I opened it, decanted it, and found the first scents and tastes to be young, rangy, and slightly funky, I thought, “Oh-oh. Hope I don’t have to disappoint someone, … Continue reading

Posted in Carignan, Grenache/Garnacha, Red Blend, Spain | 4 Comments

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wine Guerrilla: The Art and Soul of Zinfandel. Three wines reviewed.

This week, we sipped our way through a flight of Wine Guerrilla wines: two Zinfandels, and Rebel Cru, a red blend. While most wines are like a good short story, these wines proved to be novellas. They opened with a … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Carignan, Petite Sirah, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel | 6 Comments

RECOMMENDED: Paul Mas Estate, 2009 Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Single Vineyard Collection, Pays d’Herault, Languedoc. 13.5% alcohol. Available for as little as $8.95 online.

This was the result of a mistake on the part of the wine merchant (www.empirewine.com). We had ordered a 2009 white varietal, Picpoul, also a Paul Mas Estate selection, but we received the red Carignan instead. Rather than hassle with … Continue reading

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