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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  • Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015


    Wow! right in your face wine. first thing it needed was too breath. It was than ... have had more sophisticated carmenere's with this one being more earthy Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Purple Angel Montes Colchagua 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Ricci Curbastro Curtefranca Rosso 2015


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  • Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2015


    The 2015 Errazuriz Don Maximiano (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, but with other Bordeaux varieties) presents with the deepest carmine colour, shining iridescently in the glass. The nose is dominated by acidic wild fruit such as wild, low shrub blueberry with a bit of cedar shank (as if presented on such a wood). Vanilla, mild tannin, cassis and blu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Viña Ventisquero Carmenère Colchagua Valley Root 1 2017


    Just as delicious as the 2009 vintage, we sampled in 2012. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • I'm sure he went to Moon Curser where they do a Tempranillo, Carmenere and Touriga's that for weird and "Canadian"? Read More

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  • Jon Skinner would be at Painted Rock.  David Enns, who started Laughing ... ... fee...try and procure a Carmenere from Black Hills.  If you do get north to Naramata Bench (just north of Penticton), right near Laughing Stock is Black Widow.  The owner winemaker is Dick Lancaster and he's a great guy.  He makes one called Hourglass that he gave... Read More

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  • Kunza 'Reserve' Maule Valley Chile Carmenere 2016


    great wine, smooth, solid and brilliant. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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  • I left out a half-full bottle of red wine on the kitchen counter overnight. It ... to the cult hit Purple Angel Carmenere ($80). Ruffino Ruffino’s Pinot Grigio (which can appear in 1.5 liter bottles) is a staple in many American households. The brand produces 1.5 million cases each year, ninety percent of which is exported. The United States i... 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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