Carignan

Carignan is a red grape that is commonly blended with other red varieties. Naturally high in acidity and tannins, it makes a good partner with fuller, fruitier wines such as Grenache and Syrah. Carignan provides large yields in warm climates where it thrives, such as in Languedoc-Roussillon and Spain, and contributes deep color to blends. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Carignan among our extensive Carignan wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Carignan reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Carignan, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Capichera 2001 Mantènghja Carignano (Isola dei Nuraghi)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $91

Dark as night, with licorice, lavender and blackberry aromas that are truly impressive. The palate is beyond deep, with over-the-top flavors of wild berry marmalade and chocolate. No surprise that it manages to finish in massive fashion. A total stud of a Carignan from Sardegna. Good 2010 and beyond.

 — M.S.  (10/1/2006)
93
points

Santadi 2006 Terre Brune Superiore Carignano (Carignano del Sulcis)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $68

Terre Brune is an icon wine of Sardinia in the same way Sassicaia is an icon of coastal Tuscany. Helping to shine the quality spotlight on this beautiful Mediterranean island, this plush red wine boasts rich berry density and sophisticated background tones of smoke and spice.

 — M.L.  (12/15/2011)
93
points

Cims de Porrera 2005 Clássic Carignan (Priorat)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $89

Modern and bulky, this has a lot of great things going on. It opens with aromas of mineral, graphite, sage and bold berry, with chewy, roasted black-fruit flavors. It’s long, compact, chocolaty and spicy on the finish. Still not mature but it’s drinkable—best from 2014 and on.

 — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
92
points

Sella & Mosca 2010 Terre Rare Riserva Carignano (Carignano del Sulcis)

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  1. $15

This elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of black plum, mocha, Mediterranean herbs and a hint of scorched earth. The round, enveloping palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and white pepper, while firm, silky tannins provide the framework. A fantastic wine, it’s already enjoyable and will offer fine drinking over the next few years.

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
92
points

Morandé 2010 Edición Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla Valley)

  1. $25

This Maule Valley old-vines Carignan opens with licorice, blackberry and cassis aromas along with exotic spice notes. It’s big, tannic and firm as a boulder, with baked flavors of black fruits blended with coffee and toast. Licorice, blackened toast and overall grit take this to a good but gripping conclusion. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Mesa 2013 Buio Carignano (Carignano del Sulcis)

  1. $25

Scents of perfumed berry, eucalyptus, chopped herb and a whiff of leather unfold in the glass. The smooth, delicious palate doles out juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, freshly ground black pepper and anise alongside polished, velvety tannins.

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
92
points

Recanati 2013 Wild Reserve Carignan (Judean Hills)

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  • Kosher
  1. $56

A bouquet of cherry, blueberry and vanilla prepares the tastebuds for flavors of blueberry, strawberry, fennel bulb and white chocolate. There is a nice play on the palate between bright acidity and chewy tannins, and the delightful finish is like a mouthful of blueberry pie with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.

 — M.D.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Capichera 2007 Mantènghja Carignano (Isola dei Nuraghi)

  1. $87

Dark and savory, this has masculine aromas of cured meat, leather and tobacco. It shows huge density and richness on the palate, with ripe prune, blackberry and currant notes. This Carignano would pair with barbecued pork.

 — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
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