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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  • Echeverria Carmenère 2008


    Beautiful bold carmenere with a startling beginning and boutiful middle- it's carmenere picked, fermented and presented at it's prime. This is NOT a recork & save for next day wine at all... it is so distinctly decadent that it won't last anyway... WELL DONE & WORTH THE PRICE POINT! Read More

    Wine review by trainertina

  • Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere Rapel Valley 2007


    I tried this for a second time, very veggie. Wife did not like at all. Was better first time. Won't try a third. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3

  • Inama Carménère Colli Berici Più 2006


    The palate is smooth, velvety and full of ripe fruit; blackcurrant colour, woody nose followed by spicy fruit. Balanced oak and tannins. Mouth-feel is very smooth with soft but juicy fruits with sufficient acidity to accompany food well. Read More

    Wine review by gabandstephen

  • Errazuriz Carménère Reserva 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jrzimmer

  • Terra Andina Carménère 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by vinofreak12

  • Yagan Carmenere 2005


    Tastes of Leather,tobacco and Spice lovely mature and complex wine Read More

    Wine review by Turletti

  • Veramonte Red Blend Primus 2005


    What's New in Booze - 9.1 out of 10The Veramonte Primus is a blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The best grapes from the top vineyard parcels are carefully sorted, destemmed, and fermented separately before blending and aging for 2 years in French Oak barrels, about 50% of which are new each year. This dark ruby red wine has aro... Read More

    Wine review by WhatsNewinBooze

  • Concha Y Toro Carménère Peumo Terrunyo 2007


    This wine comes from Chile, not from Spain, and is a very fine representative ... wines. It's made 100% from Carmenere (a native French grape that went completely extinguished in Europe after the phylloxera plague) that was planted in Chile before it disappeared from the Old Continent terroirs.Colour: lovely, lively ruby with a hint of purple ... Read More

    Wine review by Arwan

  • Vina Montgras Carmenerer Reserva


    Good right out of the bottle. On sale at Bevmo for $9.99 if it's in stock. Read More

    Wine review by lajollamom

  • Viña Caliterra Carménère Colchagua Valley Tributo 2007


    Definite nice fruit that opens into chocolate and tobacco. Much like a zinfandel without the fruit bomb. Nice spice especially early. Great value, drink now! Read More

    Wine review by olgjr

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