Tag: Carignan

Vitkin Winery Old Vines Carignan 2016, Israel



This 6 year old Carignan from Israel is drinking very nicely now. Tangy and interesting.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing red fruits with wood, earth, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with a soft mouthfeel, and a nice aromatic nose.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

I’ve had this vintage before, and this time did not decant it, but I gave it a light chill.

Paired nicely with the mushroom Brie cheese.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Vitkin Winery Old Vines Carignan 2016, Israel





Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, spices, light oak, earth, licorice, chocolates, caramel, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Carignan from  Northern Israel. Showing nice complexity and easy drinking. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

This six-year-old is drinking very nicely now. Fruit forward and elegant. Tangy and interesting.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it is drinking better now.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. I paired it with cheeses and fresh berries.

100% Carignan grapes were grown in the Carmel Mountain slopes. Aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Shiran Winery Limited Edition Old Vine Carignan 2019, Israel





Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity on the nose with blueberries, dark cherries, black plums, oak, spices, licorice, light alcohol, cloves, herbs, chocolates, tobacco and light metals.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, light oak, licorice, dark chocolates, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, spices and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and interesting Carignan from Israel.

Still young with nice potential to be even better in 5 years, but already showing nice complexity.

Tangy with a nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking and a good food wine.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Gets earthier as it opens up (30 minutes)

I paired it with dried meats, crackers and fresh blueberries.

100% Carignan grapes were grown in the Judean Hills region. Aged for 12 months in Hungarian oak barrels. Only 600 bottles were produced. This is bottle number 565. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$60.


Fall Creek Vineyards Vintners Selection Carignan 2019, Texas



A pretty color of purple with a wide purplish /reddish rim.

On the nose tangy raspberries, sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, spices, oak, fennel and earth.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, light oak, earth, spices, peppercorn, tobacco and dark coffee.

Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting wine from Texas. Tangy, easy drinking and a good food wine.

Fresh and fruit forward. Feels like a red Côtes du Rhône.

A nice afternoon porch sipper to pair with some cheeses.

100% Carignan grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels (30% new), and the rest in French and Hungarian barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar 1999, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon


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Light ruby in color with medium intensity.

Dry on the palate with a great nose.

Showing blue and black fruits with tobacco, cedar, leather, chocolates, licorice, spices, earth, herbs, light vinaigrette, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet based blend from Lebanon. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

This 22 year old is easy drinking, spicy and interesting and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

The 1999 vintage was a great one in Lebanon, and it is showing so nicely now.

I had it all by itself, but good with food too. Elegant and delightful.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$80.

Falset Marca Etim Seleccion 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Pretty nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, metals, acetone, wet leaves, leather, forest floor, mushrooms and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, oak, stewed strawberries, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark coffee, licorice, spices, forest floor and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable 14 year old red wine from Spain. Drinking very nicely now with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show nice structure and tannins. Tasty and easy drinking.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.

I paired it with light appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Balistreri vineyards American Carignan 2018, Colorado

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of cherries, raspberries, fresh strawberries, spices, light wood, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, black pepper and earth.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, citrus, pomegranates, tobacco, light wood, earth, herbs, spices, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

Here is another interesting wine from Colorado. Showing a great nose, although still young. Tangy and elegant with a nice mouthfeel, and nice complexity. Alcohol is already nicely integrated.

I let it open up for an hour in a decanter. Has potential to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A very nice food wine that needs a few years to mature and come to its own. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes actually come from Amador County in California, and are hand-picked and fermented on their own yeast. Aged in American Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

Zwebner Estate Vineyard 35.6.18 Red Blend 2015, Bethlehem, Israel

On a video call with the wine maker, drinking this nice Grenache blend from Israel.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, black plums, blackcurrants, cherries, strawberries, wood, licorice, tobacco, eucalyptus, earth, acetone, black tea, dark chocolates, herbs, peppercorn and wet leaves.

Full bodied and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, alcohol, peppercorn, wet leaves, vegetables, green herbs, mint, tobacco, spices and earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Grenache blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Tasty and good by itself or with food. Tangy and spicy, elegant and rich.

Needs 60 minutes to open up properly.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now, and better than last year. Still young and needs 3 more years in the bottle to mature properly.

I paired it with baked Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 47% Grenache, 33% Carignan and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in 100% new oak barrels (American, French and Hungarian).

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Massaya Vineyards Bekaa Valley Le Colombier 2017, Lebanon

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Nose of cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, wet leaves, earth, herbs, green vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A nice red blend from Lebanon. Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

Good by itself or with food. A good everyday wine to sip on. I paired it with a vegetarian burger and fries.

A blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 30% Tempranillo. Grapes are grown at around 3,000 feet elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

Jack Simon Vineyards Rosado Composition One 2018, San Diego County, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of citrus, red apples, melons, and white pepper. Nice and elegant.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, raspberries, light grapefruits and spices.

Nice length on the finish with black pepper.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable Rosé from San Diego County, California.

Nicely balanced and not bitter on the ending at all, which I really liked. Crisp and refreshing with a tangy finish. This is a nice surprise.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$21.