2016 Amplify Wines "Camp 4 Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Carignane

SKU #1291980

Think of it as California's creative answer to Beaujolais nouveau, with a much-needed few more months to settle down and shine: From a Santa Barbara couple whose winemaking philosophy puts the emphasis on native yeast fermentations, neutral vessels and minimal sulfur, this Carignane is inspired by a love of "its wild iterations in the Roussillon," according to Amplify, but is "inspired equally by Poulsard from the Jura." A lighter styled Carignane (not often seen in Santa Ynez Valley Pinot Noir country) with "just a hint of the savage."

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Staff Image By: Sara Jenkins | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
This Carignane from California goes in the opposite direction of many Rhône varietals made in the Central Coast. Very light on its feet, and with just enough funk to remind you that it's made in a non-interventionist manner, Amplify Wines gives us a totally different expression for Carignane. Purplish ruby in color, and light enough you can almost read text through it, this is the perfect candidate for your summer chillable red. Shows bright red fruit and bramble, tons of juiciness to keep it friendly, and a hint of earthiness to keep it grounded.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
Here we go with some good old fashioned Geek wine. This hands off Santa Ynez Carignan really took me where I wanted to go without any of that wet dog stuff some might be expecting. A beautiful translucent ruby in the glass. The nose is brambly red fruit and hints of earth. Tons of acidity and mineral on the palate with that earthy red fruit taking over. There's this wonderful elegant subtle tannin, but the most striking thing is how clean and precise it is as a whole. An exciting wine to free you from the over-ripe doldrums that have become the norm in SoCal Mediterranean varietals.

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- 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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.