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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  • Seven Hills Winery Carménère Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is ...-carmenere.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Reininger Winery Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, with a hint of garnet along ...-carmenere.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Primus the Blend 2012

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    The wine is a deep indigo in the glass, with brighter garnet along the edges. The nose is a lovely combination of smoke, ripe black fruit, rosemary and clove. The flavor is quite nice, with some sweet fruit notes of strawberry and plum up front that transition nicely to some earthy notes of toasted oak and blackberry midpalate. The tannins ar... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills "Pentad" Walla Walla Valley Washington 2012

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    The wine itself is a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination of leather, dark cherry, espresso and some floral notes. The taste is really exceptional, with some lovely ripe berry notes up front that transition beautifully to some lovely tart cherry and mocha notes midpalate. The finish is show... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Terranoble Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Full bodied, sexy red. Pairs well with strong and/or spicy flavors. Enjoyable as a stand alone drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by goodenpd


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Casa 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bought this Carmenere at Costco. Fruit forward without being jammy with good acidity and an oak finish. Good effort but overly oaked. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Antiyal Kuyen Red 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by basil2000


  • Chateau Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois S.c. de la Gironville 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... petit verdot and 1% carmenere and is aged in oak barrels.The high percentage of petit verdot is quite unusual. I started my bottle on Saturday night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. I thought it particularly dark in colour.There is plenty of fairly concentrated blackcurrant ,b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Little Owl Carmenere Syrah Reserva

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    Very surprised someone is selling this for $8.49 in NY, I flagged it but it could be true. I don't know if they have different prices in different areas of NYS but it doesn't really add up to me... probably like $11 or $12, but this is good, very full bodied, dry but dark fruity plums and blackberries Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • 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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