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.
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.
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.
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.
Who knew Carignan could be this nice? After an initial blast of earth and alcohol subside, what’s left is a model Sardinian red with intoxicating cola, lemon peel, herb and deep-fruit aromas. The mouthfeel is ideal and the flavor profile is like a dynamite keg full of blackberry, chocolate and vanilla. Intense and interwoven.
Rugged and aggressive, but that’s just fine considering how big, broad and tannic this Carignan is. Look for fiery licorice aromas with notes of citrus peel and black cherry. The palate offers tons of weight, richness and spice.
Here’s an oak-aged expression of Carignano that shows the very best of winemaking on the Italian island of Sardinia. This is an important wine with alluring complexity and sophistication. The aromas include elements of red fruit, mineral and spice. It imparts sweet, enduring tannins in the mouth.
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.
Any century-old vines that remain in California must be paid attention to. This wine celebrates a varietal usually thought of as inferior. But the wine is intense and thought-provoking. It’s dark in color and in tone, with flavors of plums, black cherries and dark chocolate, and very dry. It’s too soft in acidity, and would earn extra points if it were crisper. But…