Vaughn Duffy "Bartolomei Brothers Vineyard" Carignane 2018
Ah, Carignane (KERR-in-yahn), that wonderful chameleonic grape from southern France and Spain. It takes its name from the Cariñena region in Spain and has spread throughout the Mediterranean; until the late 1900s it was the most widely planted grape in France, when Merlot overtook it as the reigning champ.
Difficult to grow, hard to harvest, Carignane is not necessarily the easiest to work with but, in the right hands and the right climate, can make a pleasing, robust, easygoing red with plenty of character.
Sara Vaughn and Matt Duffy source this red from the Bartolomei Brothers Vineyard's 80-year-old, head-trained vines of Carignane in Ukiah, Mendocino County. The Bartolomei Brothers' story is a classic American tale: three brothers settled 1000 acres in Ukiah in 1910 from Lucca, Italy, growing timber for lumber, vegetables, livestock, and wine grapes of course.
These are the same grapes planted over 80 years ago, as gnarly as a cypress knee. The wine is so pleasing, round, and juicy with black cherry cola, licorice, allspice, and a spicy red pepper note to the finish.
Typically found by-the-glass at hip wine bars and Bay Area fine dining, we've been offered a small lot of this organic fun red, normally reserved for their wine club members. Enjoy!
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