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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  • 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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  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Concha Y Toro 2013


    The wine in the bottle is not what it was 2 years ago. This has grown and morphed in to a BIG Carmenere. Large dark berry fruit, red plum, oak, medium tannins and matching acidity. In good years this is always better after 2-3 in the bottle. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • RBA - That winery isn't bad at all.  They one of several from Portugal ... around $10 this is a good Carmenere normally, but this was a complete surprise.  Large blackberry fruit and chocolate, coffee, round chewy tannins and good acidity.This is the best wine from the Badger state IMHO.  This has a touch less fruit and has a more Semillion tou... Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009


    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... current wines that feature Carmenere': a Rose', a 50/50 blend of Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon and a BDX style blend that features Carmenere' prominently in the blend.Kerloo Ryan Crane began his wine making adventure in Walla Walla while maintaining his residence ... Read More

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