Alicante Bouschet

Name of varietal: Alicante Bouschet

Common synonyms: Alicante Henri Bouschet, Alicante, Garnacha Tintorera (Spain), Alikant Buse, and many derivations of the two names together or apart

Parentage of the grape: Petit Bouchet, Grenache

History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents. For centuries, one of the most widely planted grapes in France had been Aramon. Though relatively bland, it’s prone to high yields and one of the few resistant to powdery mildew. In 1824, horticulturalist Louis Bouschet, in an attempt to add color to Aramon but retain its easy cultivation, crossed it with Teinturier du Cher. Teinturiers (the name means “dyers”) are a type of grape that produces naturally red juice (as opposed to most other grapes which whether red or white, make white grape juice unless given time to macerate), and named it Petit Bouschet. in 1865, his son Henri chose to cross Petit Bouchet with Grenache, and created Read more »

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  • Carol Shelton Karma Reserve 2015


    Very nice opening of black raspberry. Then some salinity. Very obvious acid, and fairly sturdy tannin, More a "rustic" wine as opposed to a "refined" one--exactly what a Zinfandel-based wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Interesting Duncan.  I did not know that Alicante Bouschet was grown in Portugal.  Sure enough, Wikipedia tells me that it is widely grown in the Alentejo Region.I am aware of some retail stores in my area that sell some Portuguese wines, but not one that specializes in them.  I will, however, keep my eye out when I am in any "Portuguese Wines" ... Read More

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  • I seem to get to try an Alicante Bouschet once every four or five years; This is a good one.  Of, course, the worst AB I've ever had was good,  Why is it so hard to find? Read More

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  • Turley Uboldi Vineyard Alicante Bouschet 2013


    Beautiful dark plum color. Bit of a phenolic nose. On the tongue an introduction of red cherry. Some alcohol. Tannin is noticeable around the edges of my tongue. As the wine warms, a bit, the tannin notes around the edges of the tongue are replace by an enjoyable suggestion of citric acid. A big mouth-filling wine. Very pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... varieties such as Aramon, Alicante Bouschet, Black Hamburg, Dattier, Grenache, and Piquepoul. What makes this wine my one and only is its lively acidity, subtle tannins, and lower alcohol. Characterized by rustic, red berry flavors and a soft, textured mouthfeel... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving

  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other ... ... Pesenti Vineyard) and an Alicante Bouschet (Uboldi Vineyard).The Hayne PS is vintage 2006.  So, I can open it up pretty soon and not incur the wrath of OT who is of the opinion that PS must be at least 10 years old before it can be opened.;-)In Cambria there is a ... Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... place in the world to grow Alicante Bouschet. The region’s progressive winemakers, informed by, but not bound by tradition use its diverse selection of indigenous and international grapes to produce (mostly red) wines with generous fruit flavors and refined tanni... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Besieged 2014


    A Ravenswood project and a veritable whos who of deep red grape varieties. Surprisingly restrained yet still a touch heated on the nose with spicy blackberry and black currant aromas and pleasant sweet spice. Quite fruity on entry and intriguingly diverse, beginning with blueberry, black cherry and blackberry fruit before releasing a swath of ta... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Today we’re profiling a wine grape of true substance. It’s an ... ... on your palate. The grape is Alicante Bouschet.Alicante Bouschet was created by Henri Bouschet in mid-1850s France. It’s a cross between Garnacha and Petit Bouschet. Known for its fleshy red berries and deep color, just a small amount of Alicante Bouschet in any blend will i... Read More

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  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012


    More red berry fruit and plum, with a slight pepper influence. Good solid framing tannins and acidity give this a good aftertaste. Better than expected - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • I have not had Alicanti Boughet, but saw a review of the grape on TV.Cedar View Winery in the Sanger region, California produces it. Owners are listed as Jim and Debbie Haun. May want to investigate

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  • I suggest that you try the Alicante Bouschet from Irish Family Vineyards.

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