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2017 Mont Rocher Old Vine Carignan

2017 Mont Rocher Old Vine Carignan
Volume: 750 mL , Alcohol: 13.5%

Type

Red

Blend

100% Carignan

Nose

Swimming laps in a giant pool of red berries

Palate

Delicately soft, silky, and full flavored with a smooth and easy drinking finish

Ratings

7 Ratings
Acid
Body
Tannin
Fruit
More about this wine from Pays d'Hérault, France

Carignan (“care-in-yen”) goes by several names — Carignane in the US, Carignano in Italy, and Cariñena and Mazuelo in Spain, but that’s not the reason it might sound unfamiliar. The dark grape was once a leading global wine variety until its spotlight was seized by Merlot. If it didn’t recede into obscurity, then it was at least knocked off the list of common household wines.


The grape can be difficult to produce and quality bottles are not abundant across America's wine shops. This bottle is exactly how Carignan from the South of France should taste! This juicy wine has a beautiful cherry hue and was sourced from small parcel vineyards by hand, so only the best grapes of the bunch made the cut. The nose shows an abundance of intense red berry fruit and hints of vanilla flavors. The palate is soft, full-flavored with a smooth easy drinking finish. Read more about the history of Carignan here.

How to drink it

While...

After driving all day to visit your college BFF in the next state over, you finally arrive to the warm and nostalgic greeting you were hoping for. This definitely calls for a toast.

Listening to...

Amber - 311

Eating...

Try it with our Campfire Caprese Brie recipe.