$32.00 per bottle
Our Red Wines
Our goal at Carina cellars is to produce top-quality wines that showcase and emphasize terroir above all else. Santa Barbara County vineyards produce some of the most intriguing and intense Rhône grapes possible, from which we are able to produce spicy Syrah's, earthy Mourvedre and fruit-laden Grenache. We are also very fortunate to be able to obtain Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a premier Napa Valley vineyard. These grapes become an integral part of our Iconoclast blend as well as a blackcurranty Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our current red wine list includes:
Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard, 2004
Syrah, Camp 4 Vineyard, 2004
Syrah, Westerly Vineyard, 2004
Syrah, Tierra Alta Vineyard, 2004
Syrah, Santa Barbara County, 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
45% Syrah, Tierra Alta Vineyard
33% Mourvedre, Camp 4 Vineyard
22% Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard
A classic Chateauneuf du Pape blend, this wine is composed of the three most noble Rhône varietals. On the nose, aromas of bright blackberries, raspberries and cherries jump from the glass while background notes of coffee, leather, and sweet herbs mask an underlying hint of dried strawberries. And while the palate is loaded with blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry with a light, toasty oak flavor, the perceptive mind will also notice a sage, clove, and spicy cherry finish that leaves a lasting impression. The bright fruit of this wine makes it an excellent match with grilled quail beneath a raisin port sauce although the underlying tannins indicate this wine will peak between 2007 and 2009. 214 cases produced.
Clairvoyant is paired with our featured recipe: Risotto alla Jody
Price: $34 ($27.20 for Iconoclast Club members)
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2004 Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard
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Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Grenache Noir is the world’s most widely planted grape used to make red wine, sometimes made into a stand-alone varietal, frequently as a Rosé, but most often as a backbone of red blends. Its strength is its ability to grow in arid and windy conditions. It’s particularly suited to warm coastal regions of California, Spain and France. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth and a sweet berry character.Used as a component in some Northern Rhône reds, nearly exclusively for Rhône Rosés and as the primary component in nearly all Southern Rhône red blends, Grenache is probably most notable as the base varietal for Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas. In spite of its fame coming from French wines, Spain is most likely this grape’s origin.