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 Maipo Vitral Carmenere Reserva 2013


    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


    No written review

    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

  • Vina Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2012


    intense, flavorful, rich, savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • RBA-Sorry to hear. Every so often we all get one of those. We on the other hand ... ... wth this 2008 Natura Carmenere from Chile, Red fruit with lots of complexity in the mid palate, minerality, herbs, hint of mocha. Very tasty wine. Medium body with a smooth long finish. Excellent surprise as wines from Chile are usually just OK for us.&nbs Read More

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  • Montes Alpha Carmenere 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by JamieLou13

  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Carménère Rengo Cuvée 2009


    good balance of fruits and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2010


    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

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