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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  • Ventisquero Carmenere Reserva 2013

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  • The last two days have been busy and fun, grilling people bringing over wine, ... ... it early.  I like Carmenere with it's chocolate influence - this was more, a whole bunch more chocolate for my palate - blackberries also, but not much to write home about.                                                               The Saved "Tattoo"Red 2... Read More

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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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  • Araucano Carmenere Reserva Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Dark smoky blackberry aromas with meaty notes of barnyard and a nice salinity. Nicely ripe in the mouth and showing full ripe raspberry, cherry and cranberry fruit, clove spice and a hint of medicine towards the medium-short earthy finish. Read More

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  • Mjet - these days it's hard to think of a CA or WA Cab that will improve ... Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Malbec, Carmenere, etc. If you have a wine that's going to improve, it's likely to be pretty good on release. It's not like even twenty years ago when you had to wait for Barbaresco or Bordeaux to soften and become palatable.And then as others hav... Read More

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  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  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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