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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  • Veramonte Red Blend Primus 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by chloekall

  • Montgras Carmenere Reserve 2008


    The wine had a luscious, deep purple color and very visible legs. On the nose, there was an abundance of black fruit and baking spices aromasmostly all-spice and cinnamon. There was also just the slightest hint of vanilla. In the mouth, the black fruit flavors took a back seat to the spice cabinet, with nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla being the m... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Cuvee Alexandre 009676 Casa Lapostolle Carmenere Cuv Alex 2007


    bottle says it can age for 10 years... thats questionable to say the least. This wine isnt bad, dirty nose, bark, stone, plummy. For the $ its a solid pick. Read More

    Wine review by oxygin21

  • Pknt Carménère 2010


    great deep color and smooth finish. Wonderful nose. Read More

    Wine review by EZ300

  • Viña Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2004


    This wine is good drinking if you like cabs with that west coast cab taste. The carmenere really adds a buttery, full bodied density to this wine. This is a full, dark lucious wine. Don't look for much depth or complexity, just a nice mouthful of red wine. Read More

    Wine review by storms38

  • Alto Sol Syrah/Carménère 2006


    Cherry, pencil shavings and cedar - nice finish, inexpensive/value wine. Read More

    Wine review by jternes

  • Primus Carmenere Cs Veramonte Casablanca Valley Chateau 2005


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    Wine review by bluue13

  • Walnut Crest Carménère Premier 2007


    Light cherry fruit on the nose, the wine is simple, plain and has a fake, saccharine, flavor. Great for a sangria mix. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Leyda Carmenère Reserve 2007


    Typical Carmenère, with hints of chocolate and raisins. Smooth and full-bodied, this wine doesn't excel through subtlety, but for those who like Carmenère wines, it's a pleasure to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Hiram

  • People...Carmenere is really one lavish extravagant grape variety that people do not know enough about. There is a site at which aims to tell people everything about this grape. If you have the time, take a peep, if not tell us what your favourite Carmenere wine is and why. What so special about it. Read More

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