A Night of Carignan

by  |  22-05-2013

For many wine drinkers in the US, Carignan has a bad name. Eric Asimov even went off in search of some potentially good bottles back in 2009 but didn’t find many. There is in fact so little of it in the country that most people don’t even know what it is. Maybe this is for the better as in Europe, many people know it and loathe it as it was planted to overproduce and grow squalid, flat, cheap wines mostly in the south of France. But once you have the chance to taste well-crafted wines from old vine Carignan or at least properly grown and vinified grapes, everything changes. It is a transcendent grape with this glowing, living purple hue in the glass. Wonderful in character and infinitely deep, it ignites an even greater love affair with wine than one had before–when you find the right one. With all this […]
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