January 31, 2019
Paste Magazine‘s recent article discusses carignane’s history as a heritage grape variety and recommends our Buchignani Carignane as a must-try:
Good Carignan wines are intensely perfumed, with a pronounced incense character and palate-waking savoriness. Common notes including sandalwood, violets, rosewood, cinnamon, anise, cumin and dried herbs as well as fairly bright red fruit notes (often raspberry). It’s, rich, not especially tannic, and its umami quality makes it a fabulous food wine.
Ridge Vineyards Carignane
If I had to describe it in one word I’d go with “magnetic.” Luckily I am not confined to one word so I’ll mention figs, and cacao, and anisette, and blackberries, and cinnamon and nutmeg. I’ll say there is a trace of black pepper. I’ll say it’s dark and intense, well-rounded and thought-provoking. I’ll say if you eat steak or lamb, you might consider this as a pairing. I’ll say if you pair it with nothing you will also be more than okay.
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