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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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... From CA I haven't had Carmenere, Dornfelder, the Port grapes or Teraldego. And I'm wondering why on earth someone would plant Dornfelder, which doesn't even make very good wine in Germany! I just never understood why Germany, capable of so much, feels it has to ... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...oCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient ... ... ... Negra Cabernet Franc-Carmenere with Molten Chocolate Lava Cake A unique blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Carmenere from Maule Valley in Chile, this medium bodied wine provides plenty of red and black fruit notes with a underlying bit of spice and pepper.... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

  • Natura Carmenere 2013


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  • Porta Reserve Carmenere 2008


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  • Veramonte Primus 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2012


    Opens with, though not overly unpleasant - wet cloth, then grape, both of which quickly disappear and on with the bright jelly-ish fruit, fudge, cinnamon, and vanilla. Swirl it around and get more cinnamon and minerality. More savory than fruity, with minimum of oak. Dryish and complex with balanced tannins and acidity. Medium to medium light bo... Read More

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  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... ... sauvignon, merlot and carmenere, reliably strutted their stuff. The flight that caught me off guard was called “Cool Climate Whites.” From vineyards being planted ever closer to the Pacific Ocean, these wines aren’t a discovery to anyone with Chilean wines ... Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began

  • In keeping with the tradition of releasing “Top-10” stories at the ... Carolina's 2008 Herencia Carmenere, a wine which wowed Bell and her colleagues. “Threads of mocha and dark chocolate are intertwined with black fruits and warm spices,” Bell wrote. “Complexity and suppleness lend a lingering mouthfeel and finish.” Kiwi winery Craggy Range r... Read More

    From the article Forbes Lifestyle Announces Top-10 Wines of 2014

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