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Carmenere

Summer is not all about light fare, sometimes you just need a thick, juicy steak. Finding a wine that pairs well with that grilled steak without being just too big for the weather can be a challenge. This is where Chilean Carmenere comes into the picture.

Carmenere, a lost grape of Bordeaux that was rediscovered thriving in Chile, combines the softness of Merlot with the freshness and herbaceousness of Cabernet Franc. In fact, Carmenere can be way more herbal than even Cabernet Franc, but like with Chimichurri sauce, that herbal quality and bright, juicy acidity works like a charm when complementing grilled red meats. At your next BBQ go easy on the sauce and instead pop some Carmenere!

Two to try:

Carmen Carmenere $18

Lapostolle Carmenere $12

 Photo courtesy of rgomez74 via Flickr/cc

Red Wines for Summer

1.
Nalles Margreid Schiava (2010)
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2.
Gschleier Alte Reben Kg Girlan Kellereigenossenschaft Girlan (1999)
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3.
Blaufränkisch Hochäcker (2009)
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4.
Paul Achs Blaufrankisch Ungerberg (2010)
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5.
Burlotto Verduno Pelaverga (2010)
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6.
Castello di Verduno Pelaverga Verduno Pelaverga (2009)
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7.
Carmen Carmenere Gran Rerva (2009)
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8.
Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)
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9.
Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley (2008)
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10.
Clayhouse Vineyard Petite Sirah Paso Robles (2007)
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  • Snooth User: drumdik
    477124 15

    I simply find it ridiculous that there is NO Spanish wine in this top ten.
    Try the Abadal 3.9 ( Costers del Segre), And look around in Spain more, there are excellent Ribero del Dueros for a good price and Catalan wines are to be explored too!

    Jun 06, 2012 at 5:31 PM


  • Looking forward to trying the Lapostolle Carmenere. Been trying for years to find a satisfying Carmenere, at any price. Hope this is it. For Petite Syrah, Bogle in Cherry Hill NJ (no store mentioned since I am an independent) at $ 8.07 for 75cl seems worth double that. Funny thing about Bogle - most of their stuff is well above average and low in cost.

    Jim Bogle, (just kidding... Sedrick)

    Jun 06, 2012 at 11:32 PM


  • VERDUNO BASADONE DOC
    This rare wine gem is made from 100% Pelaverga Piccolo variety grown on vineyards located in the Massara and Olmi areas of the village of Verduno, an indigenous red grape vinified white. A delicate vinification process results in a delightfully fresh wine, ideally enjoyed as a summer aperitivo. In the local dialect, basadone can also be understood as meaning “kissing women”.

    Jun 07, 2012 at 12:15 AM


  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    In Hungary there is incredible Blau Frankish (known in Hungary as Kekfrankos) the terroir there gives real depth and body to the grapes. The wines are structured, with a fruity bouquet and good mouthfeel, this wine pairs quite well with game and red meats. I don't know if you can find this wine in the States, but it is definitely worth searching for.

    Jun 07, 2012 at 8:15 AM


  • I am retiring to my armchair with a headache, truly stumped at the expertise in obscure wines on offer today
    Well done snooth for expanding horizons so much.

    Drumdik I share your liking for Abadal (Raimat abadia we like too) , catalan reds, Ribera Del Duero, good tips all of them.

    Reds for summer from France? Beaujolais village, Gamay, Chinon, Saumur, Saumur Champigny, and if you can stand cooling them, Red Bourgognes and, Snooth, my obscure wine Collioure Rouge ........

    Jul 03, 2012 at 9:24 AM


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