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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  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2012

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    Opens with, though not overly unpleasant - wet cloth, then grape, both of which quickly disappear and on with the bright jelly-ish fruit, fudge, cinnamon, and vanilla. Swirl it around and get more cinnamon and minerality. More savory than fruity, with minimum of oak. Dryish and complex with balanced tannins and acidity. Medium to medium light bo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... ... sauvignon, merlot and carmenere, reliably strutted their stuff. The flight that caught me off guard was called “Cool Climate Whites.” From vineyards being planted ever closer to the Pacific Ocean, these wines aren’t a discovery to anyone with Chilean wines ... Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began


  • In keeping with the tradition of releasing “Top-10” stories at the ... Carolina's 2008 Herencia Carmenere, a wine which wowed Bell and her colleagues. “Threads of mocha and dark chocolate are intertwined with black fruits and warm spices,” Bell wrote. “Complexity and suppleness lend a lingering mouthfeel and finish.” Kiwi winery Craggy Range r... Read More

    From the article Forbes Lifestyle Announces Top-10 Wines of 2014


  • Vina Haras de Pirque Albis Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Maipo Valley Chile 2006

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    Had this with a Thanksgiving meal the other day at Hotel Andaluz. I thought it ... Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Carmenere aged in new French oak for 18 months. It exhibits a brooding bouquet with notions of pain grille, damp earth, herbs, Asian spices, plum, and blackberry. This leads to a structured, firm wine that will need 1-2 years to fill o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Calina Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Light bodied and smooth with great fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... most recommended list, while Carmenere and Gewurztraminer  seem to be this year's trendy picks. Ever popular varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout-outs as well. So which ones do you choose? I say none of the above. At The Rever... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values


  • Il Dominio Bagnoli Rosso Riserva 2004

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    Questo vino è prodotto con un sapiente uvaggio di vitigni bordolesi e l'uva friularo, presente a Bagnoli di Sopra da più di cinque secoli. Un vino riserva del 2004 che mantiene intatte le sue caratteristiche nonostante i 10 anni di invecchiamento. Al naso vinoso, al gusto sapido, leggermente acidulo con un intenso sapore di marasca e un retrogus... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Bad photo...Had a great dinner last night with five guests.  That ... $14 ... $14 is really good, a $19 Carmenere,Clos du Soleil (BC blend, 2011 $23) kind of weak, Quinta Ferreira merlot (2009, $25 BC), SeghesioSonoma County (always good), Burrowing Owl 2009 Merlot (BC $35), Burrowing Owl Meritage 2008($45, very good, in fact held it's own bes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    Beef and gently vegetal on the nose this reminds me of beef stew on the nose with soft shadings of wild berry fruit and wild mushrooms adding detail. Soft and a bit fat in the mouth, theres a nice bed of savoriness covered by the dense and slightly chewy fruit here. Toasty accents and dark fruit saturate the palate with modest tannins and incons... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quintay Carmenere Clava Reserve 2012

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    Youthful and quite fruity on the nose with hints of plummy fruit intertwined with some spicy oak and gently vegetal braised greens notes all bound up with sweet scents of caramel. Rich and a touch sweet on entry with soft tannins and integrated acidity supporting a nice ball of rich if somewhat indistinct dark fruit on the palate. The wood is no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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