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Domaine De Nizas Carignan Old Vines 2004

October 7, 2007

31175.jpg $12US 100% Carignan, Languedoc-roussillon, France

I tried this to gain an understanding of the Carignan grape, which appears as part of many Rhone-style blends. Good color, unremarkable and mostly opaque. Interesting nose – this wine brings a bready aroma with cooked raspberries. It smelled sweet – like a raspberry danish or an Entenmann’s berry twist. The palate was another story. It tasted flat, 1-dimensional and quickly lost character from here. There was some exotic sandalwood or betelnut notes, but it was overall tannic and simple. No finish to speak of. I think I now know why single-varietal Carignans are not too common. The grape plays a much better supporting role, especially from an aroma standpoint.

Interesting and aromatic nose, simple elsewhere… A curiousity.

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