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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    The first vines were planted on the ‘La Revilla’ estate in 1985. The first vintage, Valtravieso C...

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    In order to produce the Emina wines, the grape has been carefully selected from the very best est...

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Carmenère on Snooth

  • Emiliana 'Natura' Carmenere 2012

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    Really Lovely on the nose, this is full of green tomato, red currant and mossy, earthy aromas that are fresh and bright. Round and fresh in the mouth, this is just past being full bodied and is a touch thick in the mouth for my tastes but delivers a very attractive core of black currant fruit that gains a whisper of oak contributing complexity a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Root 1 Carmenere 2010

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    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Laura Hartwig Carmenere 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by antoniotorres


  • Terra Nova Carménère 2004

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    Wine review by roboj


  • Frontera Carmenere 2005

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    Mild and dry, some berry notes. Read More

    Wine review by jokerzjeep


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... put ... 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1 % Grenache, 1%Counoise Earthy, floral and perfumed on the nose with little minty accents to the core of blackberry and blueberry fruit  Plump and juicy in the mouth, the tannins here are a bit on the rough side lending this a bi... Read More

    From the article Which Wine in Walla Walla?


  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2012

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre, 1% CarmenereQuite interesting aromatically with nuanced chocolate, game meat, and tobacco notes adding detail to the core of blueberry and black berry fruit. Bright and fresh on entry, this is a plump little wine with gentle ivy and oak ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... ... 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1 % Grenache, 1%CounoiseEarthy, floral and perfumed on the nose with little minty accents to the core of blackberry and blueberry fruit Plump and juicy in the mouth, the tannins here are a bit on the rough side lending this a ... 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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