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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  • Lapostolle Carmenere Casa 2012


    Binny's 4/2015 Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bought this Carmenere at Costco. Fruit forward without being jammy with good acidity and an oak finish. Good effort but overly oaked. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Antiyal Kuyen Red 2010


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    Wine review by basil2000

  • Escudo Rojo Maipo Valley 2011


    Vino color rojo cereza, con ribetes violeta, en nariz aroma a frutos rojos maduros, café, vainilla y un toque de pimienta, boca dulce, redondo, taninos aterciopelados, persistencia media alta y retrogusto a madera y vainilla. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Chateau Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois S.c. de la Gironville 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... petit verdot and 1% carmenere and is aged in oak barrels.The high percentage of petit verdot is quite unusual. I started my bottle on Saturday night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. I thought it particularly dark in colour.There is plenty of fairly concentrated blackcurrant ,b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Little Owl Carmenere Syrah Reserva


    Very surprised someone is selling this for $8.49 in NY, I flagged it but it could be true. I don't know if they have different prices in different areas of NYS but it doesn't really add up to me... probably like $11 or $12, but this is good, very full bodied, dry but dark fruity plums and blackberries Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012


    Inky ruby in the glass with dark fruits on the nose. Mix of dark and red fruits in the mouth with sharp acididty and a oaky finish. Good effort on this wine but the oak is a bit over done. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Well Welcome Karen!I'll have to check out your carmenere when I'm down next.  I love Carmenere!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Thank you for the kind words MsWyngs!  We (Trio Vintners) get our Carmenere from the Heart of the Hill Vineyard owned by Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards! We are so grateful to get this great fruit from him to make our single varietal (nothing blended with it) Carmenere!  It's very popular and priced at just $29 a bottle! Such a deal! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Hello Dvogler,It is nice to meet you.   I was at Taste Washington this ... Walla has one of my favorite Carmenere's and Dusted Valley also Walla Walla has an amazing Bordeaux Blend BFM.  Dusted Valley has a tasting room in Woodinville, so if you are ever down there I highly recommend visiting it. &nbs Read More

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