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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  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2014


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    Wine review by anstett

  • Let’s just admit that, most likely, the closest thing that most American ... then recommend a Cabernet-Carmenere from Chile, rounding out her non-confrontational approach to wine choices. At about $7.50 per bottle, the Chilean red was “unbeatable.” “And unbeatable,” Beckett wrote,“is what we want to be until the end of next month.” Photo Credi... Read More

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  • Casas Patronales Carmenere 2013


    I sell this one for $5.99 you can't do much better at that price, medium to full bodied, smooth finish, balanced dark fruit with earthiness. I laugh at people who refuse recommendations on this one and pay $10-12 on something else inferior. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Gato Carmenere


    My first introduction to Carmenere. Quickly has become my favorite red varietal-and a highly underrated one in my opinion. Carmenere is between Pinot Noir and Merlot in terms of flavor profile and tannins. Not a bad wine for giving the grape a try. Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked

  • An interesting tasting, well eclectic, with a truly global spread. Useful ... ... notes, thanks.Surprised the Carmenere scored so high. Both the Togni and PonCanet are still in their infancy.Was it necessary to reveal the wines so early during the flight Read More

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  • My wine group met yesterday, my turn to host. Wines are served blind, usually ... 871995 89Flight 3:Terryuno Carmenere 2004: Conche de Toro luxury Cuvee Retail $37Caro 2000: Lafite / Catena Joint venture Retail $40Cuvelier (Poyferre joint venture): corked.The Caro was quite Bordeaux in style, and quite good. Seriously overpriced; on a level of... Read More

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  • Santa Rita Organic Reserva Carmenere 2010


    great carmenere, I love the flavor and bouquet and understand why there should be more organic wines offered. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Cono Sur Organic Cab/Carmenere 2013


    Purpleish tones and nice legs running down the glass define the appearance. Spicy, yet jammy fruits, some dark, make up the general aroma profile...think deep blackberries and freshly ground black pepper! Flavors follow suit, with dry, yet expressive spice, and mellow rich berry fruits. Overall a nice wine and does very well for a high alcoho... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012


    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • This past week industry publication Wine Intelligence explored recent studies ... ... varietals such as Carmenere, Pinotage and Tempranillo are significantly more recognised and popular with this younger demographic than with wine drinkers as a whole.”With these things in mind, Hickey said, the future of wine market is a fascinating one. “Fro... Read More

    From the article More Millennial: Wine Intelligence Discusses New Generation

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