Carmenère

 

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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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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    Wine review by SebastianT


  • Drink Washington State Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Fruit forward and fresh with black cherry and blackberry aromas and bright cherry blossom notes. This is surprisingly full and bright on the palate with loads of fruit notes, mostly mixed berry, blueberry and cherry fruit with puckering acidity, chewy tannins and a punchy chocolate cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2014

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    Light raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, a touch candied and sweetly spiced. Blueberry, cherry and red currant fruit flavors on the palate with a fresh light texture and medium acidity. Easy drinking and mellow. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Grand Selection Casa 2012

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    Glad I let this one sit for awhile. Medium bodied with dark berry fruits, chocolate, earth and chewy tannins with good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... ... what we expected:The Carmenere was good the pinot was light.The surprise wine of the night:What a steal - sorta like a bottle Sauvignon blanc/off-dry Semillion with little more vicosity.  The citrus perks up and touch of riesling adds a little savoriness.  F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10th Annual 2017 Northwoods...


  • Except for a bottle of Carmenere to pick up this is the last of the Argentinian wines:And these are the last of the Chilean wines: Read More

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  • Errazuriz Carmenere Max Reserva Chile Aconcagua Sugar Content 2013

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    Wine review by Justme5153


  • There will be 3 Chilean Pinot Noirs at the NWC - 2 are here:The CyT 2012 ... ...  The 2012 Rapel Valley Carmenere is a good, solid food offering.  The 2nd pinot is the highly hyped Terra Noble 2013 El Algarrobo Vineyard Reserva bottling - no personal knowledge - bought on advice from friends that live across the street and have been ther Read More

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  • As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.This going to a family style backyard bbq, just frien... Read More

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  • RCKR-I can get that Carmenere for $6-7 in my area often. It don't get much better at that basement price point! Yesterday we had this 2014 Sean Mnior Cabernet. Nothing memorable.... Nose was muted, black fruit, not much complexity, medium body, medium finish. For less than $15, it's decent.  Read More

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