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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  • Gato Carmenere

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    My first introduction to Carmenere. Quickly has become my favorite red varietal-and a highly underrated one in my opinion. Carmenere is between Pinot Noir and Merlot in terms of flavor profile and tannins. Not a bad wine for giving the grape a try. Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked


  • An interesting tasting, well eclectic, with a truly global spread. Useful ... ... notes, thanks.Surprised the Carmenere scored so high. Both the Togni and PonCanet are still in their infancy.Was it necessary to reveal the wines so early during the flight Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weinerts from the 1970s,...


  • My wine group met yesterday, my turn to host. Wines are served blind, usually ... 871995 89Flight 3:Terryuno Carmenere 2004: Conche de Toro luxury Cuvee Retail $37Caro 2000: Lafite / Catena Joint venture Retail $40Cuvelier (Poyferre joint venture): corked.The Caro was quite Bordeaux in style, and quite good. Seriously overpriced; on a level of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weinerts from the 1970s,...


  • Santa Rita Organic Reserva Carmenere 2010

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    great carmenere, I love the flavor and bouquet and understand why there should be more organic wines offered. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cono Sur Organic Cab/Carmenere 2013

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    Purpleish tones and nice legs running down the glass define the appearance. Spicy, yet jammy fruits, some dark, make up the general aroma profile...think deep blackberries and freshly ground black pepper! Flavors follow suit, with dry, yet expressive spice, and mellow rich berry fruits. Overall a nice wine and does very well for a high alcoho... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012

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    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • This past week industry publication Wine Intelligence explored recent studies ... ... varietals such as Carmenere, Pinotage and Tempranillo are significantly more recognised and popular with this younger demographic than with wine drinkers as a whole.”With these things in mind, Hickey said, the future of wine market is a fascinating one. “Fro... Read More

    From the article More Millennial: Wine Intelligence Discusses New Generation


  • Viu Manet Carmenere Reserve

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Gato Negro Carmenere 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Seven Hills Winery Carménère Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is ...-carmenere.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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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