I love wines with a story and this one has one to tell. Made with a grape that Ampelographers consider came from Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia where it is used to make one of my very favorite wines, Carignano del Sulcis.
Over the centuries, and especially in the last few decades, this grape has been planted in France, Algeria, Australia, California, much of the “New World.” Maucho Carignan comes from the lush Maule Valley in Chile, from Casa Patronales a prominent vineyard that has unique ties to the Hudson Valley. The families of Castro and Chadwick who built Casa Patronales along with Cesar Baeza own the oldest still operating North American winery, Hudson Valley’s own Brotherhood Winery.Rich in deep fruit flavors, wood with herbal notes, this is a fabulous wine for summer grilling.
You can buy this wine at Artisan in Beacon or at Brotherhood.