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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  • Kunza 'Reserve' Maule Valley Chile Carmenere 2016


    great wine, smooth, solid and brilliant. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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  • Thank heavens we are done with ours or so it seems, lots of basements flooding ... sharing a few bottles:Good CarmenereFor an Italian tasting we drank one good Barbera, one really good Barbaresco and an excellent Brunell Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Montes Purple Angel 2015


    Looks dark, deep and divinely delectable, this Purple Angel, and I can report that it is unbelievably dense. The colour is almost black... opaque; the nose is of blueberry, huckleberry (bilberry, whortleberry) - soft and sweet - like those wild berry pies mother used to make. Absolutely stunning and inviting. Mouthfeel is also dense, smooth and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Undurraga Gran Reserva Sibaris Carmenere 2016


    The Undurraga Sibaris Carmenere is dark cherry in colour with a nose of black fruit (blackberry) and wood splints with a hint of icing sugar; on entry, there is some slight sweetness with Bordeaux-like tannic structure overlaid on cherry and blueberry. Very pure, with structure available to take on a little bottle aging. Great price to quality... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • A couple of carmenere bottlings (Nothing as prestigious as the Montes Purple Angel) came in today - got 3 to chose from for Sat night virtual wine tasting now.L - The Errazuriz "MAX" Carmenere Reserva 2016R - The Santa Carolina Carmenere 2015 Read More

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  • Moon Curser Border Vines 2016


    The Border Vines 2016 is a delicious, fresh and pure wine - possibly in a vein ... dominated by sweet cherry (Carmenere?) and colour is black cherry (Petit Verdot?); entryis a pure, only slightly acerbic mix of sweet cherry and light oak; medium body, but elegant with a medium-log finish. Satisfying and a great bargain. Better than all WA wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Yes, Montes Purple Angel (Angel Morado?) 2015 is highly touted, and I have had ... posts.  Many cheaper Carmenere are a bit sweet, but there is a somewhat noticeable semblance on the palate with Merlot.  Maybe I'll plug for a Purple Angel '15... though I will have to travel to Vancouver or Abbotsford to get it.  Still, an outing is an outing, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy

  • After re-reading your initial post I realized that your experience is quite ... all wines do of course - the carmenere I posted about above was one.It's not something I'd worry about - it's your taste buds and palate that has to be satisfied after al Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy

  • BTW, I was seeking out a Carmenere (like the Tarapaca you suggested, RCKR1951), but could not find anything that was bone dry and from either single vineyard or otherwise good provenance from Chile.  Of course, I can order, but that seems like too much work.  When I go down to Seattle in a week or two, I'll investigate some purchases of this kin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy

  • 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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