Alicante Bouschet


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A rare type of grape that has both red skins and red flesh, known as a teinturier. Created when French botanist, Henri Bouschet, crossed Grenache with Petit Bouschet.

Primary Flavors

  • Black Cherry
  • Blackberry Bramble
  • Black Plum
  • Black Pepper
  • Sweet Tobacco

Taste Profile

Dry

Full Body

Medium-high Tannins

Medium Acidity

13.5–15% ABV

Handling


  • SERVE
    60–68°F / 15-20°C

  • GLASS TYPE
    Oversized

  • DECANT
    30 Minutes

  • CELLAR
    5–10 Years

Food Pairing

The intense smoky-sweet flavors of Alicante Bouschet beg for equally intense foods including barbecue, teriyaki, carne asada and grilled vegetables.

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