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Grown on two sites: one in the warm, sandy soils of the Sardinian coast, one in the rocky, mountainous interior. The combination of terroirs contributes both ripeness and concentration to this Carignane. From the producer: "The best-known of Sardinia’s black grape varieties is grown in the south-eastern corner of the Sella&Mosca estate, exposed to the north-easterly winds. Its nose is characterised by strong notes of violets, while the palate is full, dry and beefy. Good with roast and braised red meats, game, and strong-flavoured cheeses."
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Côtes Catalanes Empreinte du Temps Carignan is a beauty, with textbook purple fruits, black cherry, old leather, violets and wild-herb characteristics giving way to a medium-bodied, pure, elegant red that has bright acidity and fine tannin. Coming from 136-year-old Carignan vines and aged in older barrels, this is a brilliant rendition of Carignan that will evolve nicely for over a decade. (JD)" (4/2015) K&L Notes: Bruno Ribiere is an intellectual and fond of writing poetry. Lucky for us, he is also fond of making very intellectually deep and soulful wines i... Read More »
Longtime Swan fans, take note: This appears to be the last vintage of "Côtes du Rosa" after a 20-year run. The tiny yields from the old Carignane vines just didn't make sense anymore for the owners of Mancini Ranch--and in 2010, there was no harvest at all. As interest in the varietal diversity of California continues to grow, more vineyards are being planted over to Pinot and Cab. Something to ponder while popping the cork on the last "Côtes du Rosa." From the winemaker's tasting notes: "Medium ruby, a fairly light color for the CDR. Typical aromatics o... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Vivid ruby. Intensely floral aromas of raspberry, baking spices, rose and incense expand with air. Stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry compote flavors, becoming livelier with air. A vibrant candied floral quality builds on the finish and absorbs the supple tannins. While this will no doubt age well, there's nothing to prevent drinking it now." (5/2010)
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From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of cassis, dark cherry, licorice and cracked pepper. Deep and sappy, with concentrated red and dark berry liqueur flavors and mounting spiciness. Became fresher and fruitier with aeration, suggesting that it needs decanting or a little bottle aging to show its best." (May/June '08) Located in California's Russian River Valley, Porter Creek Vineyards is owned and operated by father and son George and Alex Davis. A proponent of biodynamic and organic viticulture at the... Read More »
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This field blend of mostly Carignan, with Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Macabou and Terret, is vinified with no sulfur during fermentation, and enjoys a low-impact elevage in used Burgundy barrels from a producer in Chassagne-Montrachet. Importer Kermit Lynch says of the vintner: "Maxime is part of the new wave of passionate viticulteurs who cultivate their vines with the utmost respect for nature and the soil. He’s certified organic, but also incorporates biodynamic practices into his vineyard management."
Derek Moss is up to some truly interesting things on the Chilean wine scene. Whether it's dry farmed Maule Carignane, Cabernet Franc, or this opulent, rich yet decidedly fresher take on Maipo Cab, the man is making very interesting wines and raising the qualitative bar. This particular Cabernet is from the Maipo Alto subsection of the Maipo Valley, and shows opulent, floral aromatics with a suggestion of eucalyptus as well. On the palate, the red fruits and plums are juicy and bright, with bright acidity and a relatively toned down use of oak framing the... Read More »