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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Popular Wineries using Carmenère

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

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    Bisquertt is a family-owned company belonging to the Bisquertt family and it currently is one ...

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    The origin of Estampa’s name was nothing short of a miracle…, in Santiago, Chile, when a travelin...

  • Viña Los Vascos

    A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the...

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Carmenère on Snooth

  • 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


  • Korta Carmenere Barrel Selection Reserve Lontue Valley Chile 2010

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    A bit of mushroom on the nose shows the evolution here but this does offer up a fairly complex array of toasted oak, tarry, and gently spice aromas that include hints of green fennel seeds and black cherry and currant fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this retain quite robust black cherry and black currant fruit on the palate with a rich ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserve 2013

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    Classic Carmenere on the nose with lovely currant fruit framed with assertive herbal, dill, and minty aromas. A touch soft in the mouth though with good clarity and acids that arrive a bit later on the palate. This is an easy going example, with sparse yet firm tannins that keep this a bit tense and subtly ornery on the palate. The fruit is sim... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012

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    Fairly intense aromatically, showing off lots of caramelly toasted oak aromas along with paprika and raw beefy accented red berry fruit topped with some bay leaf and oregano . This is smooth, firm and slightly dense in the mouth. Its filled with polished tannins and is well supported by integrated acidity. The flavors are a bit of a one two punc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2012

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    A bit tight on the nose with an early hint of minerality followed by black currant and black cherry aromas that are trailing notes of dried thyme, wood smoke, and a hint of clove. Moderately rich in the mouth and well structured, this shows off some well integrated yet firm wood tannins , though it does seem just a touch soft, or perhaps a bit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Inama Carmenere Piu 2010

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    Tight and focused on the nose with a thin veneer of oak restraining peppery and spicy herb infused plum and slightly tarry black currant fruit. Soft and smooth, and down right plush on entry with late arriving acids that help lend this a more lively character. the fruit is a bit dark and chewy with subtle herbal and medicinal licorice hints addi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vina Casablanca Nimbus Carmenere Single Vineyard Valle del Rapel Chile 2011

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    Dark and muscular on the nose with earthy, forest floor streaked fruit that shows dried fruit character and some gamy notes. Round up front but then this is oddly small in the mouth, a tight ball of polished tannins, well balanced acidity, and subtle plum, black berry, and oak spice flavors brushed gently with hints of licorice and sage. The fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva de Familia Valle del Rapel Chile 2012

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    Lovely aromas of dried and braised herbs greet the nose along with layers of toasty and slightly nutty oak, dried mushroom, and very rich and pure currant fruit with a hint of purple plum as a top note. Smooth and to a degree quite restrained considering the aromatics. this is classically structure with some firm but well measured tannins focusi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • With one final nod to experimentation this year, I’m leaving you with ... with ... for fall: Try some Carmenere! It’s a variety that I’ve been pushing as a mid-weight summer red because it is a great wine with grilled meats, but it’s also a lovely wine for fall, though perhaps best used with some well seasoned, herb-dotted pork dishes as the ... Read More

    From the article Explore this Fall with Carmenere


  • 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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