Deep purple globes bunched very close together with a lovely bloom
Juicy and soft, only the slightest bit gelatinous but it has seeds
Sweet and deeply complex with layers of spicy grape flavor
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This is clearly a grape that goes in to wine. In fact, I’ve been eating them and pretending to stumble around the house buzzed and delirious, then “passing out” right before I am supposed to do housework. It’s working like a charm – stop judging me. But back to the Carignan Black — it is complicated, juicy and wonderful. It has those pesky seeds, but the flavor here compared to regular grocery store grapes is worth the extra bit of work. A definite favorite.
“Carignan is a variety that has suffered greatly from image problems. As it has naturally high yields, it has long been used for mass produced wines and lower quality table wines.” More about French wine grapes.
This is my Family’s favorite wine grape. I started drinking wine made from this grape as a little boy. My grandfather always used it.
Wow Gene. That sounds amazing. I would love to have an experience like that.
You know something about grapes. I was going to say that in France, this grape is used to make grape juice. In Rhone wines this grape is almost always blended with about 10% Carignan. However, the true richness of the Carignan grape (that is what the Spanish call it) is achieved in the Priorat and Monsant Appellations in the Barcelona region of Spain (Denominacion de Origen Calificada). Grown in soil called Licorella, a soil that resembles shiny, black rock, with veins of brown-red, minerally earth; if you enjoy a full bodied dark red, this wine will knock your socks off and you can almost always buy it for under $25/bottle and it needs no bottle aging. The soil resembles shiny, black rock, with veins of brown-red, minerally earth. Almost all great red wine grapes are grown in soils that distress the fruit. The great Bordeauxs are grown in gravel for Pet’s sake! I grown Zinfandel grapes in my yard right next to concord grapes.