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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  • Terra Andina Carménère 2007


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    Wine review by PatriciaRussell

  • Terranoble Carménère Valle del Maule Reserva 2007


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    Wine review by addus

  • Calcu Red Blend 2008


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    Wine review by poeticchampion

  • Concha Y Toro Carménère Peumo Terrunyo 2007


    A tão falada safra histórica de vinhos tinto reserva da Casillero 2007 realmente produziu uma vinho diferenciado. Não sei dizer o quanto superior aos anteriores já que nunca fui grande consumidor do vinho. Mas o Carmenère está excelente. Aroma, achocolatado e frutas vermelhas. Fica uma leve impressão de que falta algo, o gosto não é tão persiste... Read More

    Wine review by Gusman

  • Have you had the "Santa Rita Triple C"?I just had it yesterday and it was ... ... was ... Cabernet Franc and Carmenere... the Carmenere gives it an amazing lift, complexity, body, power... amazing! for appox. USD$60, I think, it is still a bargain Read More

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  • De Martino Carménère 2006


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    Wine review by MarioRobles

  • Santa Rita "Triple C" Red Maipo Valley 2005


    An amazing wine... red fruits, sublime oak handling... all in tune... by far, ... ... (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere & Cabernet Franc) but that does not reduce its quality.. it will only get better and better... I'd happily have it as my desert island wine! 97/1 Read More

    Wine review by MarioRobles

  • Palo Alto Reserve Red 2005


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    Wine review by dextr

  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2006


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    Wine review by john42

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