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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  • Bottega Petalo Il Vino Dei Poeti Moscato Sparkling NV

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    With hints of citrus and peach, this sparkling is a wonderful alternative to the medium-dry Asti Spumanti. Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo98


  • Bucklin Red Blend Sonoma Valley Mixed Blacks 2004

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    A very nice and spicy wine that gets better after it has been opened for a couple of days. Classic Sonoma Valley field blend. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Taylor Fladgate " Vintage Port" 2005

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    Deep dark color to this wine. Alcohol hits me at first though blows off quickly ... ... enough I'm reminded of Alicante Bouschet when tasting this wine, and it's pure fruit flavors. Opulent with a high acidity and probably a long life in front of i Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Dona Maria Vinho Regional Alentejano Reserva 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Fabio Leal


  • Duarte Leal da Costa Vinho Regional Alentejano Vinha d'Ervideira Tinto 2004

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    Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet Light reddish purple in color with prune, plum, blueberry, raisin, cooked fruit, leather, light pepper, and some black liquorice …Firm tannins, with a med acidity. The palate is good fruit with a lightly dried fruit. Nice pepper notes, but lots of primary fermentation flavors of fresh ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Dolores Morenas Ribera del Guadiana Finca El Musinal 2004

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    Deep purplish red in color. The nose shows vanilla oak, dried plum, and is overall somewhat intense.Rich and dense in the mouth with a high acidity the fruit of the wine stays a bit hiddinen with the tannins and oak standing out. Sour cherry, clove and cocoa are a primary flavors on the palate. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Herdade Do Esporão Alicante Bouschet Vinho Regional Alentejano 2003

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    Deep dark and purple to core, infact light barely gets through this one. Th enose is a mix of vanilla, pepper, wet slate, and nuts, all smeared across a palate of dark fruits. In the mouth it causes me to drool with it's lush texture and fine tannins. The oak makes itself known in the background as myriad flavors come through in the mouth with c... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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