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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  • Vina Haras de Pirque Albis Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Maipo Valley Chile 2006


    Had this with a Thanksgiving meal the other day at Hotel Andaluz. I thought it ... Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Carmenere aged in new French oak for 18 months. It exhibits a brooding bouquet with notions of pain grille, damp earth, herbs, Asian spices, plum, and blackberry. This leads to a structured, firm wine that will need 1-2 years to fill o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Calina Reserva Carmenere 2012


    Light bodied and smooth with great fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... most recommended list, while Carmenere and Gewurztraminer  seem to be this year's trendy picks. Ever popular varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout-outs as well. So which ones do you choose? I say none of the above. At The Rever... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values

  • Il Dominio Bagnoli Rosso Riserva 2004


    Questo vino è prodotto con un sapiente uvaggio di vitigni bordolesi e l'uva friularo, presente a Bagnoli di Sopra da più di cinque secoli. Un vino riserva del 2004 che mantiene intatte le sue caratteristiche nonostante i 10 anni di invecchiamento. Al naso vinoso, al gusto sapido, leggermente acidulo con un intenso sapore di marasca e un retrogus... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio

  • Bad photo...Had a great dinner last night with five guests.  That ... $14 ... $14 is really good, a $19 Carmenere,Clos du Soleil (BC blend, 2011 $23) kind of weak, Quinta Ferreira merlot (2009, $25 BC), SeghesioSonoma County (always good), Burrowing Owl 2009 Merlot (BC $35), Burrowing Owl Meritage 2008($45, very good, in fact held it's own bes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011


    Beef and gently vegetal on the nose this reminds me of beef stew on the nose with soft shadings of wild berry fruit and wild mushrooms adding detail. Soft and a bit fat in the mouth, theres a nice bed of savoriness covered by the dense and slightly chewy fruit here. Toasty accents and dark fruit saturate the palate with modest tannins and incons... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Quintay Carmenere Clava Reserve 2012


    Youthful and quite fruity on the nose with hints of plummy fruit intertwined with some spicy oak and gently vegetal braised greens notes all bound up with sweet scents of caramel. Rich and a touch sweet on entry with soft tannins and integrated acidity supporting a nice ball of rich if somewhat indistinct dark fruit on the palate. The wood is no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Korta Carmenere Barrel Selection Reserve Lontue Valley Chile 2010


    A bit of mushroom on the nose shows the evolution here but this does offer up a fairly complex array of toasted oak, tarry, and gently spice aromas that include hints of green fennel seeds and black cherry and currant fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this retain quite robust black cherry and black currant fruit on the palate with a rich ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserve 2013


    Classic Carmenere on the nose with lovely currant fruit framed with assertive herbal, dill, and minty aromas. A touch soft in the mouth though with good clarity and acids that arrive a bit later on the palate. This is an easy going example, with sparse yet firm tannins that keep this a bit tense and subtly ornery on the palate. The fruit is sim... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012


    Fairly intense aromatically, showing off lots of caramelly toasted oak aromas along with paprika and raw beefy accented red berry fruit topped with some bay leaf and oregano . This is smooth, firm and slightly dense in the mouth. Its filled with polished tannins and is well supported by integrated acidity. The flavors are a bit of a one two punc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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