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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


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

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    " 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.This topic is all about value... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Seattle Urban Wineries


  • Aoyo Carmenere Loncomilla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Wine review by aoyo wine


  • Vina Maipo Vitral Carmenere Reserva 2013

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    This was my second bargain pickup from a supermarket in Cabo during my vacation, it cost me 79 pesos all in, which made it about a $4.30 US wine inclusive of tax. Actually, that price was because it was on a half-off sale at WalMart. Frankly, this wine was stunningly good for the price - a smooth, fruit forward but fairly complex and intense w... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2015

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    Wine review by anstett


  • It's not legally allowed now, but scuttlebutt has it it sometimes still ... ... Bordeaux blend! The carmenere I viewed more as an outlier, but obviously appropriate to a Chilean take on things.Maybe we should just view it as a language or style the winemakers aim for. Remember the old Gallo Chablis? Now that was a stretch, in ugly pidgin.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Seems as though I have this thread to myself as I have put the last 5 posts on ... ... is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot and Syrah grapes.  Not a Bordeaux blend as they claim, but good non the les Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • No doubt when Spanish conquistador Pedro Gutierrez de Valdivia founded the city ... crafted of 65%  , 24% Carmenere, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot; clear deep ruby; clean medium+ aromas of cherries, blackberries, cranberries, black raspberries, sweet spice notes, cocoa, fresh tobacco leaves, licorice, minerals, eucalyptus, d... Read More

    From the article This premium Cabernet category should be on your radar


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