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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  • Root 1 Heritage Red 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Aoyo Varietal Carmenere 2013

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    spring matches rose wine, perfect Read More

    Wine review by Joyy


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2013

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    Dark red color. Red fruit and pepper in the nose. Great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by LFORMAN


  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    drink again and still love it Read More

    Wine review by Dpupo


  • Carmenere Carmenere great value hard to sell, the Mondavi is a standard the Cab is quite good for the price and I do well with the Pinot Noir. Kendall Jackson is another one, very popular, and that Chardonnay is always on point Read More

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  • Well I'm drinking a carmenere now and I do not taste any soap, in the same glasses washed the same way as always. The genetic thing is interesting that certainly could be a possibility Read More

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  • Appellated???Is that a new entry for the ... should have mentioned Carmenere--unique, tasty, and usually very reasonable.  You can spend $65 for it, but I haven't seen a real increase in the quality when you go upward.  I can be very happy with carmenere and a beef stew on a winter night, and I don't think I have ever paid more than $15 for one... Read More

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  • I'll give you all a few recommendations from my current collectionJosh ... ... ... NapaCasas Patronales Carmenere ReservaMontes Alpha Carmenere, SyrahHappy drinki 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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