2000 Ridge Vineyards Carignane Buchignani Ranch
Sonoma County, California
 
WB Rating: 88

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.8%
Price at time of purchase: $20.00 (winery)
 
Type: Carignane
Principal varietal(s): 100% Carignane

Winemaker Paul Draper calls Carignanes the "unrecognized treasure of southern France and northern California" and if this wine is any example, we have to agree. Intense and dark, this wine starts with chocolate-layered, inky black cherries, which flow smoothly into floral volitiles lasting for 30 seconds or more. Not as expensive as most of the Ridge offerings, this "old vine" treasure is one reason to stay in the Ridge ATP club, since you won't find it in stores. - MJA 2002-04-27

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