Green, rough, bitter—for a hard-working grape, carignan shoulders an awful lot of insults. And it’s true the prolific variety, traditionally used in reds from France’s Languedoc region, has produced a lot of undistinguished wine.
A very black cherry nose, with lots of fruit. Also on the palate and in the finish. Very mild tannins and a bit of earthiness in the flavor. But with food the fruitiness is moderated and the tannins are enhanced. In fact, this wine is more balanced when consumed with dinner than before the meal. A nice accompaniment to meat and potatoes. It’s worth mentioning that this wine is made from grapevines that were not grafted onto American rootstock. This means that you can taste what wine would have been like before the phylloxera epidemic decimated European vines in the late 19th century—essentially, the same as it is today. I’ve always wondered what that would be like...
On a misty spring morning in the vineyards of Chile’s Leyda Valley I’m glad of my fleece jacket. It’s probably in the low 60s today, cold enough to make me appreciate the piping hot seafood chowderViña Leyda is serving to our group of U.S. writers invited to tour the region.
Starts with an aroma of sunny meadow. Flavors of ripe Granny Smith apple with a kick of ginger. Very fresh with good acidity, would pair well with roasted vegetables or a creamy, cheese-y casserole. This delicate white wine is somewhere in between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc, creamier than the latter but lighter than the former.
A nice offering from Chile. The name refers to all the vineyards from which the winery has sourced fruit. This one comes from three separate areas alone. Dark, with some hints of licorice, vanilla, and anise on the nose. This has some dark berry flavors but the fruit is not intense . Pleasant, if not overly lingering, finish. Try with grilled pork chops or sausages.