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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  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2010

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    very strong and rich, with combination of charry and berries, as well as cinnamon spices, chocolates and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ravanal Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009

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    quite unfortunately did not get the chocolate coffee tones i expect of a Carmenere Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    like the rose color Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2013

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    Big and bold aromas of blackberry preserves and cherry with vanilla cream on the nose. This doesn't hold back from fruit and spice with a bolt of acidity running through it and cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit taking the mid palate, almost candied with floral hints and a finish that's tart, chewy and drying with a hint of menthol. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Maquis Viola Colchagua Valley 2010

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    Deceptively light aromas of red berry, cherry and smoke. This is textured and chunky with firm tannins on the palate, good red fruit character of strawberry and cherry with a pronounced smoke permeating through and ending on a creamy dark chocolate mousse and baking spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Montes Alpha Carmenere 2013

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    Lightly savory aromas of fresh cherry and strawberry with bold spice, some floral hints and even a touch of wheatiness. More bold fruit flavors on the palate, rich full bodied and earthy with blackberry, cranberry and red currant fronting for rough tannins and a slightly softer finish of milk chocolate and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Colli Berici Oratorio di San Lorenzo Carmenere Riserva 2012

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    Bold and assertive mixed berry fruit with concentrated aromas and fresh floral spice on the nose. Concentrated and focused on the palate, this over delivers on fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and strawberry with rough tannins drying the mouth towards the finish where they're supported by butter cream and vanilla, loads of acidity and a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casa Silva Los Lingues Vineyard Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2014

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    Light and elegant aromas of red currant, cherry and floral blossom notes framed by a hint of baking spice. Fresh berry, cherry and strawberry fruit is well developed and silky textured on the palate, restrained around the edges but with a strong core that drops into a tannic chew towards the finish where the fruit is joined by a touch of cream a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva 2014

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    Rich perfume and floral notes of blackberry, clay and savory spice on the nose. Firm, focused and assertive on the palate, this has tart acidity and herbal notes of olive and pepper out front of dark berry and cherry fruit that finishes with a touch of heat, loads of spice and a dark chocolate cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


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