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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  • Calcu Red Blend 2008


    A New World style blend that was remiscent of some meritage wines I have had in the past. Dark fruit on the palate with some oak and just a bit of pepper and spice, but no easily identifiable individual fruits jumped out at me. Rounded mouthfeel, probably the result of some malolactic fermentation. Somewhat tight tannins. This wine seemed ki... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Veramonte Primus Carmenere Proprietary Blend 1998


    The 1998 is rated to be amongst the best vintages, and this bottle was a complete contrast to the 2004. It was still rife with cherry and figs with gamey and mushroomy overtones. It accompanied the entrees (guinea hen, lamb, fois gras, seared scallops) equally well. Thankfully, we saved just enough for the cheese course. This wine should kee... Read More

    Wine review by vintagesf

  • Terra Andina Carménère NV


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    Wine review by selzer

  • just picked up some 2003 Pontet Canet. I glanced at an old issue of Decanter magazine and aw the Sokolin was selling them for $63.00 a bottle. I bought mine for $74.00 at Not a bad deal.Mike Read More

    Forum post in the topic January '09 what are you buying?

  • I am in search of the perfect spicy red. I had a rioja 2003 reserve once, but can't remember the maker. It was amazing. Any suggestions? I want to be able to taste the spice, not get a faint hint of it.Thanks! Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your favorite...

  • Being in Australia, I can see that 'traditional' varieties are starting to take ... ... some popularity... Ex. Carmenere from Chile, Sangiovese from Italy, Tempranillo from Spain, etc... what is (you guys in the US) in your experience the dynamics that the market is experiencing at the moment? and the trends that you see in the next 12 months... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Dynamics

  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva de Familia 2005


    Big, rich, spicy with layers of complex berry notes and more spice! Great for the big red drinkers out there. Read More

    Wine review by Piper Olivia

  • Cameron Hughes Red Bordeaux Blend Lot 95 Cabernet-Merlot-Carmenere 2007


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    Wine review by 114875jmkenry 114875 jmkenry

  • V.e.s.a. Seña Red Bordeaux Blend 2000


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    Wine review by skauch

  • Oops Carmenere-Merlot 2006


    Slightly earthy nose, fairly plain. Some red fruits (cherry). Tobacco, leather. Very light bodied, easy drinking. Slightly chemical on the finish.2006? Why is it not on the label if its a vintage? Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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