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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  • 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 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


  • The annual shifts in our calendar create all kinds of serendipitous ... ... ... serendipity results in #CarmenereDay and Thanksgiving Day sharing the stage on the 24th of November. It’s fate, because you could not choose a better grape to grace your holiday table.Carmenere has a long and storied history. It came to Chile by way of Bordeaux in... Read More

    From the article #CarmenereDay is Thanksgiving Day!


  • JD, I won't bother with Chilean Cab in general, but the Castillero del ... ... you're talking about) Carmenere is a very good week night drinker in most vintages, goes great with beef stew with cumin.  Love the chocolate-y note, but like spicy Mexican chocolate.  Would go great with certain moles.  Hits the same button for me that good Lagrein... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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