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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  • Hey, I drank some white wine yesterday!Mostly red though!  This Skylite ... Malbec, 33% Cab sav and 16% Carmenere.  Weird blend, but the nose was incredible.  The Bogle was as expected...nice.  The Burrowing Owl Syrah I thought would be too young, but it was great.  Talk about pepper!  Best finish I've had on a Syrah for a while.  I'm going to... Read More

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  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

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  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    Young wine, full aroma of red fruit aroma, fresh and cool flavor, a little bit acidity. long lasting aftertastes Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Aoyo Reserva Carmenere Dry 2014

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  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    the bottle is so lovely, i like it Read More

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  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    The wine is so cute,and it has a same beautiful color as the rose, tasting has slightly sweet aroma of fruit, along with a touch of violets, grass, black currant and licorice flavor. cheap price and good quality, i love it very much. Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Aoyo Reserva Carmenere Dry 2014

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    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Aoyo Reserva Carmenere Dry 2014

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  • Aoyo Reserva Carmenere Dry 2014

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    very good Read More

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  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand ... Castillero del Diablo's Carmenere.  It's a really good introduction to that grape, a former standout (even over Malbec) in France''s Bordeaux region where it was known as Grand Vidure, but now almost exclusively grown in Chile, where it was mostly accidentally planted bec... Read More

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