what are carnelian grapes and what kind of wine is made from them?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Carnelian

    The future looks gloomy for Carnelian, which was developed at the University of California to grow in that state’s hot Central Valley. It was thought that this grape – a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, crossed again with Grenache – could produce high yields, while retaining some of the class and flavor interest of Cabernet Sauvignon. So far this effort has yielded vines with a strong tendency to overcrop, producing wines with good color but lack any character more interesting than most other grapes grown in the extreme heat. Several thousand acres of Carnelian were planted following this grape’s release in 1972. Very little new planting has been done since though, and acreage has slowly dropped to today’s level of about 1,100 acres. Unless some new form of vineyard management comes to the rescue, Carnelian is likely to remain a mediocre contributor to California’s jug wine production.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Carnelian

    The future looks gloomy for Carnelian, which was developed at the University of California to grow in that state’s hot Central Valley. It was thought that this grape – a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, crossed again with Grenache – could produce high yields, while retaining some of the class and flavor interest of Cabernet Sauvignon. So far this effort has yielded vines with a strong tendency to overcrop, producing wines with good color but lack any character more interesting than most other grapes grown in the extreme heat. Several thousand acres of Carnelian were planted following this grape’s release in 1972. Very little new planting has been done since though, and acreage has slowly dropped to today’s level of about 1,100 acres. Unless some new form of vineyard management comes to the rescue, Carnelian is likely to remain a mediocre contributor to California’s jug wine production.

  • Pontac
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    1 decade ago

    Funnily enough I saw a wine in the shop yesterday which was a blend of Ruby Cabernet and Carnelian.

    Carnelian is a red vinifera variety and it makes a wine a little like Ruby Cabernet. It is not too common to see it as a 100% varietal these days but is found in blends as it adds some good color. Created by Professor Olmo, resulting of a cross of Grenache x with an earlier cross of Cabernet Sauvignon x Carignan, and released in 1972

    It was intended to produce a quality wine in the very hot Central Valley area of California. It succeeded in the second part, growing well and overproducing and that meant its failure on the first part in producing quality wine.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Camelian wine is made from camelian grapes.

    I think you mean semillon.

    Source(s): www.wineintro.com/types/semillon.html
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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Some pretty good arguments.

  • 3 years ago

    Need more info to answer

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