Carmenère

 

Name of varietal: Carmenère
 
Common synonyms: Grand Vidure, Biturica
 
Parentage of the grape: might be offspring of Cabernet Sauvignon (Vidure is its synonym)
 
History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. It was most often used for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as other grapes since it added a rich depth of flavor and structure to the wines. However, it needs a lot of sunlight and can be very difficult to maintain, so it was all but wiped out in Bordeaux during the late 19th century Phylloxera crisis and not replanted. Meanwhile, before Phylloxera struck, many Vitis vinifera vines were exported to Chile, where the pest never took hold. Carmenère became widely planted there, but due to similar shared characteristics, it was long assumed to be Merlot. However, distinctions had been noticed between what was most definitely Merlot and other wines which Read more »

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  • Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend 2012

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    Huge cranberry/black raspberry juice coloration with rust and/or Earthy tinges around the outside ring.....good clarity. Aromas of black plum, huge leather, herbal/leafy notes of tobacco and fennel leaf, mildly charred oak wood, black cherry pits, blackberry, and cedar forest soils and a hint of smoke. Flavors that represent deep dark berry (c... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Reserva Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014

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    Wonderful, rich and full bodied, redolent with dark berry fruits, earth, chocolate nuances. Medium chewy tannins and good acidity frame this well. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere is an excellent choice for weekend wine.  If memory serves, 2008 through 2013 bottles offer a green pepper note of prominence. A perfect partner for steak fajitas. Also a great introduction to someone who has not experienced Chilean wine. Well done, RCKR1951.  Read More

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  • Primus the Blend 2014

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    Solid as usual with red and dark fruits - mocha, chewy moderate tannins, good popping acidity that makes you want more. Great with food. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Celebrated a friend's birthday party with some of her favorite wines from ... ... favorite grape is the Carmenere and her first bottling of it was this one and for some reason, mostly sentimental, this is the one she likes best.  Better closer to the vine, this full and rich.The Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley was highly hyped and lived up ... Read More

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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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    Wine review by SebastianT


  • Drink Washington State Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Fruit forward and fresh with black cherry and blackberry aromas and bright cherry blossom notes. This is surprisingly full and bright on the palate with loads of fruit notes, mostly mixed berry, blueberry and cherry fruit with puckering acidity, chewy tannins and a punchy chocolate cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2014

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    Light raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, a touch candied and sweetly spiced. Blueberry, cherry and red currant fruit flavors on the palate with a fresh light texture and medium acidity. Easy drinking and mellow. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Grand Selection Casa 2012

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    Glad I let this one sit for awhile. Medium bodied with dark berry fruits, chocolate, earth and chewy tannins with good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... ... what we expected:The Carmenere was good the pinot was light.The surprise wine of the night:What a steal - sorta like a bottle Sauvignon blanc/off-dry Semillion with little more vicosity.  The citrus perks up and touch of riesling adds a little savoriness.  F... Read More

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  • do you have a case of concha y tora carmenere what IS SHIPPING TO NEW MEXICO

    Comment by 232834equiney 232834 equiney


  • I Love Caliterra Carmenere Reserve. 9.50 euros Greece

    Comment by 585930ZOI TSATSOU 585930 ZOI TSATSOU


  • Apaltagua has a wonderful Camenere. I love it's rustic flavorful fruitiness.

    Comment by 901944gwendolyn corgan 901944 gwendolyn corgan


  • Carmerere Reserva 2009 best dinner wine with a Roast or Grilled Lamb Chops!!!

    Comment by 463975indy49 463975 indy49


  • delicious dinner wine !

    Comment by 463975indy49 463975 indy49


  • We enjoyed Laura Hartwig's Carmenere 2005 at our Club last week. It was rich bodied, smooth with a hint of pepper and berry flavor.

    Comment by 568831kalalie 568831 kalalie


  • Yes I love the 2007 Santa Digna Carmenere Miguel Torres Reserve

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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