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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  • Wine Spots Colchagua Valley 2007

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    Wine review by AndreaLouise01


  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2013

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    Richly aromatic notes of dark black cherry and black currant, a bit of heat and dark spice, thick licorice and a note of eucalyptus. Despite being a full bodied, big rich and bold wine, this is surprisingly light on its feet, with baking spice and tart acidity playing against molasses, smoke and dark chocolate notes, a fresh black currant and bl... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2015

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    Savory and earthy notes of tart and focused sour cherry and cranberry with a lightly smoked but mostly mineral note of fresh fruit. In the mouth this is intriguingly fruity on entry, with more tart red fruit notes of preserved cherry and cranberry, earthy and a bit raw with a smoked, dusty earth and strong tannins coming through towards the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Over the past ten years I’ve watched as Carmenere from Chile has hit the wine scene in a big way. The grape returned from assumed extinction in 1994 – that’s a fairly recent date, especially in wine years. For decades it was believed that Carmenere from Chile was a unique strain of Merlot. Once its true identity was revealed by DNA testing the g... Read More

    From the article Celebrate the Holidays with Carmenere from Chile


  • Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014

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    Wine review by viciousstyles


  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... ... Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere is one of the most versatile grapes you can pour. For me, Thanksgiving does not involve turkey and Cabernet Franc truly shines with vegetarian dishes. Fall flavors such as rosemary, sage and thyme all pair well with the tart ... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend 2012

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    Huge cranberry/black raspberry juice coloration with rust and/or Earthy tinges around the outside ring.....good clarity. Aromas of black plum, huge leather, herbal/leafy notes of tobacco and fennel leaf, mildly charred oak wood, black cherry pits, blackberry, and cedar forest soils and a hint of smoke. Flavors that represent deep dark berry (c... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Reserva Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014

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    Wonderful, rich and full bodied, redolent with dark berry fruits, earth, chocolate nuances. Medium chewy tannins and good acidity frame this well. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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