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2003 Old Vines Carignane

2003 Old Vines Carignane Wine Details
Price: $11.99 per bottle

Description: The grapes used to make this wine are from 52 year-old vines, which lends to rich full-bodied flavors. Carignane is the most planted grape in France and the world. It is used mainly for blending. Flavors of Blackberry, Licorice and Vanilla dominate. Indy International Wine Competition, Gold (2003) Tasters' Guild, Consumers Choice, Silver (2003) Tasters' Guild Competition, Bronze (2004) Indy International Competition, Silver (2004) Tasters' Guild, Consumers Choice, Bronze (2004)

Varietal Definition
Carignane is one of the world’s most prolific wine varieties. Thriving in warm climates, Carignane was until the late 1970s, the most widely-planted red variety in California. Hailing from Aragon, Spain, this grape is capable of deeply-colored, extracted and tannic wines of considerable alcohol. It is a late-budder and does not ripen until late in the season. Highly prone to mildew disease, it requires long, dry growing conditions. It is often used as a blending component with other, more anemic, hot-climate varieties, like Grenache and Cinsault, which typically lack the deep pigment and extract which Carignane brings to the blend.


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