Alicante Bouschet is a black grape variety widely cultivated since 1866 and planted mostly in Spain, Portugal and France. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache. Alicante is a teinturier, a black grape with dark skins and flesh. In contrast, regular black wine grapes have dark skins, but clear flesh.
In a blend, Alicante Bouschet contributes soft texture and desirable color.
Alicante is known for producing deep, dark red wines when used alone. It hasn’t always enjoyed the best of reputations. However, that’s changing fast in Spain and Portugal where it’s made into textured wines with rich blackberry flavors and spice notes.
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Amsterdam, September 16th 2020