The recent replanting of the estate vineyard on Bradford Mountain gave us the opportunity to expand our portfolio of Rhone varieties from this unique location. We have bottled Carignane over the yeras from other regions and vineyards and always enjoed the wines. The combination of intense mountain terroir and distinctive varietal character of Carignane in this wine creates a complex and evocative expression.
The wine’s dark tones begin with the first whiff of juicy strawberry and blackberry aromas sprinkled with hints of gourmet ground pepper and vanillin oak. The luscious, rich flavors give weight to the mouthfeel with ripe mixed berries fused with spicy black pepper and bittersweet chocolate notes. Threads of minerality, toasty oak and a touch of herbs de Provence provide a savory complexity. A touch of chewiness appears mid-palate as the flavors merge and expand, and then linger in the finish.
Planted in our mineral rich, nutrient deprived mountain soil, the expression this earthy, naturally high toned variety takes on is truly unique. This is the rare vintage where the Carignane stood alone well enough to bottle as a 100% varietal. While delicious in the near term, this should develop, soften, and hold its fruit for up to a decade.
Food Pairing Notes
Robust enough to be paired with steak au poivre, it’s also a wonderful complement to jambalaya with shrimp, Andouille sausage and chicken thighs.