Nice nose, somewhat soft and fruity
Peppery and veggie on the palate
Dark chocolate and some smoke on the finish
This is a fun wine! Not only is it a unique varietal, it has some interesting layers. I was with Billy of this blog and we picked this up on whim. We were visiting PB of this blog and wanted a varietal wine that is a little different. Cline does a such a nice job with Zinfandel, we figured we'd try this.
I was impressed with all the interesting layers and would buy this again if I could find it. Although, it doesn't seem to be widely distributed. The grape has traditionally been used as a blending grape in Europe, but is now taking on a following as various vitners in the new world, including U.S. and South America, are working with it on a regular basis. Billy bought this wine with me at a small, out-of-the way liquor store in Maine and paid $15. Raise a glass and try a Carignane!