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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  • Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve Colchagua Valley 2013

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    Herbal notes of eucalyptus and green pepper in the glass, though plenty of dark cherry and blackberry/raspberry fruit. Similar flavors continue through to the palate, where they are joined by rich spice and generous tannins, more dark blackberry and an increasing intensity of lingering earthiness towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose with zesty spice and ripe red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of cream. This is expansive on the palate with generous strawberry and cherry fruit preserves that border on the richness of pie filling before sloping off towards earthy oak spice, cappuccino and chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    Breezy and light on the nose, with the slightest touch of a green note but raspberry, red currant and cherry fruit taking the lead. Quite light and cheerful on the palate, this brings candied cherry and mixed berry fruit, bright acidity and an earthy finish of dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserva Central Valley Chile 2015

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    Nicely herbed aromas of green pepper alongside ripe cherry and strawberry aromas and a touch of black pepper spice. This is fresh and lively on the palate, good acidity with tart red fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry, medium-full bodied with a finish of earthy chocolate and black coffee. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2015

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    Dusty and herbal, this shows a lot of spunk with red fruit aromas of cranberry, strawberry and cherry. Lots of character and a bold presentation in the mouth, this is smoky and earthy with chewy tannins and chunky black fruit showing nicely on the mid palate culminating in a dark chocolate and espresso on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Carménère is an old grape variety from the Gironde. DNA analysis suggests that it’s a cross between Cabernet Franc and Gros Cabernet (which is itself a distant relative of Cabernet Franc). Fortunately for our collective palates, when it comes to wine grape parentage, breeding with a relative can be a very good thing. Carménère is a highly refine... Read More

    From the article Carmenere Wine Master Class: Lessons Learned


  • Montes Carménère Colchagua Valley Alpha 2009

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    spices, chocolate and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Epica Red 2014

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. I have no idea what varietals are in this wine, ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah, the mystery of love has been solved. Bought a case in 01/201 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Morande Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Tricky Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipwine


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