Absentee Winery "NMWD" Carignan
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Absentee Winery "NMWD" Carignan - 2018

Item # 40069 750mL
$32.96/ Single Bottle
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$395.52 $355.97/ Case of 12
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Production Methods




Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

Avi Deixler runs his small winery in a former milking station in a dusty, ramshackle dairy farm in Point Reyes. He went to France to work with Olivier and Baptiste Cousin in Anjou and now makes small batch natural wines using wild yeast fermentation, no temperature control, no additives, no added sulfites. Avi gets his fruit from the Poor Ranch vineyard in Mendocino. He has a parcel there planted to Syrah, Carignan, and Petit Sirah vines that are 20 to 40 years-old. No chemicals are used in the vineyard. This wine is made from 100% Carignan that has wild yet pure fruit flavors and solid structure. You may notice a slight fizz; decanting is recommended.

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Staff Pick Notes

The term 'natural wine' is steeped in obscurity. A phrase that lacks a 'by the book' definition but hits a significantly high cord with it's followers. I can't help but wonder, what is 'natural wine' then? One that is made with zero intervention? Or is SO2 at bottling okay? The definition I subscribe to personally is a wine that has "nothing added to it and nothing taken away from it." This obliterates 95% of the natural category.Though Avi Dexler's wines would fall into the 5%, the smallest sliver of the natty wine pie. The piece reserved for the rebels, the eccentric. The piece that is absolutely bare bones. Carignan is one of my favorite grapes. It's medium body, the whispers of earth dusted cherries & smashed raspberry in the spring. **Kisses the tips of her fingers like an Italian chef**

- HG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...

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