This wine comes from some of their 118 years old vines in Lodi, California! This is perhaps the fullest and most worthy tasting Carignane in the New World. Carignane originated in Spain and is commonly found in French wine. Historically used in blending due to high volume per acre at 11 tons and with its agreeable personality. Not “advertised” in writing in the tasting room, but told after tasting the wine for the first time, it had won Double Gold at the 2018 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition.
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Their 2015, 100% Carignane provided an excellent nose and on the palate a rich fruit spice and even a tad hint of “earthiness”. This Carignane Reserve was intense with freshly crushed berry & cherry aromas. Flavors seem to light up this full-bodied, bold and ripe wine. The fruit flavors were focused and pure and the texture was vibrant, giving the wine a lot of vivaciousness. Tremendous cherry flavors burst in the palate.
The Food and Wine Pairing
Paired with a fresh taco salad of ground beef, lettuce, freshly halved tomatoes, purple & green onions, and topped off with cheddar cheese and salsa. This fruit forward Carignane enveloped the spiciness of the meal.