2002 Ridge Vineyards "Buchignani Ranch" Sonoma County Carignane

SKU #1042986 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 Carignan Buchignani Ranch emerges from a vineyard at the northern end of Napa Valley whose vines were planted in 1927, the 1940s, and 1952. While it demonstrates that Carignan is not one of the noble varietals, it is a dusty, earthy, deep ruby/purple-colored, elegant offering revealing some class and spiciness.  (8/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Lots of appealing baked cherry pie and spice aromas but the flavors are modest, showing mostly raspberry, cedar and cola, and it finishes with leathery tannins. (Web-2005)

K&L Notes

This is part of Ridge's ATP, or Advanced Tasting Program, which is a line of wines that highlight the diversity and quality of some of California's smallest and most ecologically diverse vineyard sites and grape varieties. This wine was made from very old head-trained Carignane vines on Buchignani Ranch. Hot summer weather is typical of this part of northern Sonoma County; the grapes ripen quickly, leading to an early-September harvest. As usual, fruit was picked and fermented from five vineyard parcels separately. This is an unusually rich and concentrated carignane, aged for twelve months in air-dried American oak (10% new, 20% one and two years old, 70% three and four years old).

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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
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United States

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California

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).