Our 2012 Carignane is 100 % Carignane, intense and bursting with flavor. A bold fruit aroma of dried cranberries with an earthy-meaty undertone greets the nose and the dark red intense color of this wine gives an indication of the bursting taste to follow. Fruit driven dried cranberries and ripe raspberries coat the tongue followed by layers of oak and baking spices creating a complex wine with a silky subtle finish that lingers long after your taste.
Harvested from vines planted in 1909, these old vines produce only three tons per acre. As Carignane is a slow ripening grape, we waited, watched and monitored the grapes to pick them at the perfect time. In the cellar we aged the Carignane in neutral barrels for 18 months.
With all that deep richness of this wine it is medium bodied without the bitterness of harsh tannins. It pairs well with anything done on the grill.
Harvest Dates: October 24, 2012
Vineyard Designation: Rauser Vineyard
Aging: 18 months in neutral barrels
Bottling Date: March 2014
Residual Sugar: 0.18 g/L
Price: $18.00/bottle plus tax and shipping
$15.00/bottle plus tax and shipping for wine club members
Varietal Fun Facts: Carignane is a late budding and late ripening variety that is often one of the last grapes to be harvested during a vintage, see the harvest date in October for our 2012 varietal. The late ripening nature of the grape means that it rarely achieves full ripeness unless planted in very warm climates such as the Mediterranean climates, where the grape originated, or the hot Central Valley of California. Traditionally Carignane has been used as a blending grape as it can be a difficult variety for winemakers to work with because the grapes are naturally high in acidity, tannins and astringency, all of which requires a lot of skill to produce a wine of finesse and elegance. This is a testament to the skill of our local winemakers as many wineries offer wonderful single variety versions of Carignane.