2018 Carignan

2018 Carignan
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Carignan
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Carignan
Aging
8 Months Sur Lees | 100% Ntrl French Oak
Fermentation
Spontaneous Native Fermentation in Open-Top Stainless Steel Vessels
Alcohol %
13.8
Spring Wine Club Release
In Stock
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$36.00
 
SKU: 18CGNED

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.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Carignan
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Carignan
Aging
8 Months Sur Lees | 100% Ntrl French Oak
Fermentation
Spontaneous Native Fermentation in Open-Top Stainless Steel Vessels
Alcohol %
13.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Organically farmed, mature Carignan grown at high elevation, in granitic soils... music to a winemaker's ears. Like any wine striving for transcendence, this Carignan seems to be two things at once: elegant and hefty. That is to say it's complicated. It seems to gently dance across the senses, but leaves permanent footprints. The aromatics are equal parts blackberry, pink peppercorn and marzipan. On the palate, this wine is stunningly vibrant with crunchy cranberry, molasses and ginger, bolstered by perfectly round tannins, bringing a depth of fruit that goes from neon to black seamlessly. The finish is clean and tightly woven, with a plump juiciness that demands attention.
Winemaker's Notes
Skinner wines are all about tipping a brim to the wines of the Old World while embracing the glorious mountain terroir of El Dorado County. That being said, we maintain a delicate balance of ripeness and structure. Our Estate Carignan grows along the spine of our vineyard, which is due south and very exposed to the breezes that whip up from the valley. Given Carignan’s susceptibility to mildew, we watch this block very closely throughout the growing season to ensure we will harvest clean fruit. Every cluster is hand-sorted and de-stemmed. We handle our native fermentations with the remontage technique (versus the more commonly used pigeage, or punch down); gentler on the berries, but aggressively more aerobic for the juice, encouraging high CO2 production which both protects and bolsters our aromatic profile. We aim to produce Carignan that is true to varietal, and sings the praises of the terroir from whence it came. Gently pressed, settled, and sent to barrel for 10 months. Racked and returned in the spring, and bottled just before harvest.
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