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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  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014


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    Wine review by raindance

  • Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2013


    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Aoyo Varietal Carmenere 2013


    spring matches rose wine, perfect Read More

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  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2013


    Dark red color. Red fruit and pepper in the nose. Great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by LFORMAN

  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014


    drink again and still love it Read More

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  • Carmenere Carmenere great value hard to sell, the Mondavi is a standard the Cab is quite good for the price and I do well with the Pinot Noir. Kendall Jackson is another one, very popular, and that Chardonnay is always on point Read More

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  • Well I'm drinking a carmenere now and I do not taste any soap, in the same glasses washed the same way as always. The genetic thing is interesting that certainly could be a possibility Read More

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  • Appellated???Is that a new entry for the ... should have mentioned Carmenere--unique, tasty, and usually very reasonable.  You can spend $65 for it, but I haven't seen a real increase in the quality when you go upward.  I can be very happy with carmenere and a beef stew on a winter night, and I don't think I have ever paid more than $15 for one... Read More

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  • I'll give you all a few recommendations from my current collectionJosh ... ... ... NapaCasas Patronales Carmenere ReservaMontes Alpha Carmenere, SyrahHappy drinki Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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