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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Carmenère on Snooth

  • So you want to celebrate Earth Day do you? And what better way than with an ... with an ... Emiliana Natura Carmenere Valle de Colchagua Chile 14% $9 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 ... Read More

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  • Two thumbs up on some ice cold Pacifico on the beach....And at other times, a nice Chilean Carmenere is good for a change.  My last was an Errazuriz ( very good )  - but I don't remember the particulars.....  sorry!       Read More

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  • DM-I was at a restaurant downtown that I go to most Friday nights called North ... ... Good stuff.  The carmenere is Spanish, but I'll have to find out what.  It was the second cheapest on the list.  They have the nitrogen system with about twelve bottles.  I try to adhere to my self-imposed austerity measures and NOT get the $14 glasses of w... Read More

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  • Oh my God I'm laughing!  Pemmican?  I'd say something awful ... asparagus and tomato and a Carmenere that was DAMN nice tonight.  Happy belly.I'm wondering if we've scared off NapaGirl and anyone else with dignit Read More

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  • Regarding NG, I was hoping for her response to that old Coke ad. Probably hard ... Sounds yummy. And who the carmenere? From Chile or...? What you got way back when ordering pemmican for an expedition: What you get nowadays when ordering the stuff; choose your style:   ;-) An image of that old expedition for which my earlier photo's content wa... Read More

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  • 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


  • Since in another thread we've been getting sillier and sillier, I thought I'd bring some spillover into a new thread.What wine goes in the location shown below? My first choice would be something else (margaritas; or Pacifico, even Tecate with a 100% agave tequila or mescal shot backing it up--alternatively even Negro Modelo or Bohemia darker br... Read More

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  • Root 1 Carmenere 2010

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    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Laura Hartwig Carmenere 2010

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    Wine review by antoniotorres


  • Terra Nova Carménère 2004

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    Wine review by roboj


  • 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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