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2012 Cascabel Carignan
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; still distinctly savoury, but there are red fruits to be enjoyed; here, too, Cascabel has decided to release it as a single varietal wine; 12 months in used puncheons was all that the wine required.
Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
Cascabel planted their carignan in 2001 and this is the first time it has been released as a stand alone wine, rather than being used in their Tipico blend. The wine spends 12 months in old French oak barrels. And though carignan is mostly known for its Rhone reputation, it is of course also mazuelo and carinena in Spain, where Cascabel derive some of their inspiration from. There’s a comely sweetness to the perfume, musk and ripe forest berries set themselves high in scent. There’s a floral hint too. It’s so succulent to taste, rippling with concentrated fruit, showing choc-tinged, smooth, puckering tannins, finishing glossy and long with a lick of sweetness. It’s hedonistic, but moreish – you want to drink a heap of this, and there’s enough spice/tannin/structure for further interest. It’s not overly complex, but it is delicious.2013 - 2023