Carignan raises eyebrows. It is somehow familiar and confounding all at once. While Carignan has deep roots in California, with the early plantings dating back to the mid-19th century, in Europe it goes back much further. Some schools of thought believe Carignan to have been brought to Sardinia by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC, and prolifically spread around the Mediterranean by ancient Romans. Others believe it is of Spanish origin and migrated to France to be used as a workhorse varietal. Carignan has tremendous structure and deep blackish color. But interestingly enough, it is also incredibly versatile, as it has been known to produce anything from lip-smacking quaffing wines to tooth-staining hedonistic monsters. For Skinner, Carignan is part of our history, and our priority is to make it one thing: delicious.