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  1. Onward Carignane Contra Costa County Casa Roja Vineyard 2014
    $24.98
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    I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this heritage field blend site. It is the oldest vineyard in the area, sustainably and dry farmed and planted in the late 1800s. This vineyard lies along the edges of both the San Francisco and Suisun Bays. Walking in the vineyard is like walking on a beach, as it sits on 100% sandy soils, giving rise to smaller, hardy bush vines. While this block is predominantly Carignane, it has some Mourvèdre and Malvasia Nero interplanted in it. The vineyard is leased and farmed by Dan Gonsalves. It is affectionately called Casa Roja, named by the locals years ago.

    A layer of whole cluster was placed at the bottom of the fermenter, then the remaining fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries transferred to the open-top fermentation tanks to cold soak prior to native fermentation, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured also by performing punchdowns to mix the must, while higher temperatures are encouraged here to soften tannins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to neutral French oak barrels, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged (by keeping them cozy with some stirring). - Owner/winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster Learn More
  2. Garzon Tannat Single Vineyard Uruguay 2015
    WS91
    WE91
    JS92
    $25.98
    Availability:Out of Stock
    92 Points!  This is round and very silky with a lovely texture and intensity. Full body, round and polished tannins. Lots of blueberry, cherry and hints of mineral and stone. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
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  3. Punica Barrua Isola Dei Nuraghi 2014
    JS95
    VM91
    $37.98
    Availability:In Stock
    95 Points! Aromas of rosemary, lavender, blackberries and black licorice follow through to a full body that shows licorice, walnut shell, tar and dark fruit. Fascinating wine with real personality. Always refined. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  4. Vall Llach Priorat Porrera 2014
    WS93
    WA93
    $56.98
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    93 Points! The village red 2014 Porrera is mostly Cariñena with 23% Garnacha from old vines on very steep slate slopes. It fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and small stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and with daily pigéage for some 19 days. It matured for 14 months, with the Cariñena in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels and the Garnacha in 1,500-liter oak vats and clay amphorae. It feels like the juice from the old Cariñena tolerated the oak quite well, and the wine showed better balance and freshness than most of its siblings. It's quite extracted but showed more acidity, which compensated it so that it felt more balanced, in its own XL way. - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  5. Garzon Tannat Reserve Uruguay 2016
    JS92
    $14.98
    Availability:In Stock
    92 Points! Iodine, ink, tar, crushed stones and dark plum essence. This has all the hallmarks of a fruity tannat, but it's in no way too much. It combines a lovely firm tannin backbone with tangy acidity, which carries all the way to the savory finish. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  6. Ritme Celler Priorat (Carignan) 2015
    $19.98
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    Helmed by the energetic, free-wheeling Albert Jané,  Ritme (Catalan for ‘rhythm’) Celler is based in La Vilella Alta, just north of Gratallops. The vineyards are steep and soils are mostly of the decomposed slate known locally as llicorella. The core holdings are 35- to 80-year-old bush vines of Garnatxa and Carignan (with a particular emphasis on Carignan—also known locally as Samsó or Carinyena) sprinkled with Garnatxa Blanca, Macabeu, and a few other varieties. These are planted in poor, rocky soil and tended and harvested by hand at extremely low yields for an intense natural concentration of flavor without heaviness. In short, Jané espouses a minimalist philosophy of respect for old vines, indigenous varieties, manual labor, and sensitive cellar handling.
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  7. Ryme Cellars Carignan Testa Vineyard Mendocino 2014
    VM91
    $27.98
    Availability:In Stock
    91 Points! The 2014 Carignane Testa Vineyard is one of the more overt wines in this range. Red cherry, plum and pomegranate are all pushed forward in this deeply expressive, radiant Carignane from Ryme.
     
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  8. The Three Foxes Carignan Swartland 2015
    $24.98
    Availability:In Stock
    The 'Three Foxes' are South African winemaking superstar Chris Mullineux along with Pascal and Olivier Schildt.  All natural ferments, no new wood, no enzymes, no filtration nor fining - these wines are a pure expression of their vineyard sites. This is gorgeous old-vine Carignan from the Swartland that wears the Pinot-esque side of Carignan well. Juicy, crunchy, savory, perfectly redolent with farmer's market foresty red fruits with plum and darker berry nuances. Beautiful.
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  9. Cruse Wine Company Tannat Alder Springs Vineyard 2015
    VM90
    $44.98
    Availability:In Stock
    90 Points!  Michael Cruse's 2015 Tannat Alder Springs is bold and intense, and yet the huge tannins typical of this variety have been largely tamed. A host of earthy, savory notes add aromatic complexity to the deeply expressive, varietal fruit. The 2015 is bold and rustic (there is only so much one can do with Tannat) and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. The Tannat was vinified in concrete and aged in barrel. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  10. Orto Vins Montsant Les Carrerada 2011
    Special Price $39.98 Regular Price $70.00
    Availability:In Stock
    From the single vineyard/single varietal collection featuring 100% Samso (Carignan).  The vineyard is a mere 3.2 acres with plantings going back to 1936.
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