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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Carmenère on Snooth

  • Clos des Fous Cauquenina Organic 2011

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    Funk on the nose. A northern Rhone wine reborn in Chile at a value price. This wine is proof that price does not always indicate quality! This would be a $75 wine if from the Napa Valley. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • I try to keep a few bottles of the Chilean Carmenere in my cellar and surprise friends with it from time to time. The Santa Rita is delightful !  The Errazuriz is excellent, too and as an amateur anthropologist / sociologist, I find the Family Errazuriz very interesting -- especially Picasso's "second mother", Eugenia Huici Errazuriz ( as I reca... Read More

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  • Errazuriz Carmenere Estate 2011

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    Full flavoured, dry Read More

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  • just got back from a biz trip to chile and my hosts sent me ... ... ... i'd find some tasty Carmenere at low prices which or course is available. i was surprised and embarassed not to have known the history of these great vineyards. i found elegance and depth in a single varietal Petite Syrah, Pinot Noir from the coast with a foundation of bl... Read More

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  • Terra Andina Carménère 2011

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    Decent everyday wine. Read More

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  • Apaltagua Carmenere Rose 2012

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    Citrus hints and a hint of dirt. A faint hint of vanilla in there too. Tart, but there's a good hint of fruit in there. Certainly not the roses from years go by. I'd certainly buy it again. Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • The blog post is several years old and out of date.Research shows that ... ... Blanc, Cab Franc, Merlot, Carmenere, Cab Sauv and all those related grapes the green pepper and herbal aromas.You can reduce the MP concentration in the juice considerably, like by half, if you let the juice settle. You can also pluck leaves that shield the grapes. ... Read More

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  • So you want to celebrate Earth Day do you? And what better way than with an ... with an ... Emiliana Natura Carmenere Valle de Colchagua Chile 14% $9 Really Lovely on the nose, this is full of green tomato, red currant and mossy, earthy aromas that are fresh and bright. Round and fresh in the mouth, this is just past being full bodied and is ... Read More

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