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 Patronales Carmenere 2014


    2014 vintage as impressive as 2013, medium to full bodied dry Chilean red with dark fruit, earth, and coffee notes, smooth finish for this price point $6 what are you kidding me all day, barefoot and yellowtail got nothing on this one, their Merlot is good too, 87 pts and six bucks at my store Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Sierra Batuco Red Blend Reserva 2013


    a pleasant taste and blend indicating the wine from Chile is becoming exceptional. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than ... ... ... ($13)In addition to Carmenere (85%), some Syrah (15%) is blended in to this wine. All of the fruit was sourced in Maule. The perfect salmon hue of this Rosé is striking. Red fruit and violet aromas light up the nose. A bit of orange zest is at play alongside... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet

  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014


    Dark, brooding and smoky aromas of black pepper spice, dusty blackberry and earthy dark chocolate. This shows more fruit on the palate, with black cherry and blackberry flavors leading the charge amidst smoky earth, zesty cinnamon and cedar box spice and a finish that's somewhat creamy and carries some charred oak and black olive notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Montes Carmenere Alpha 2013


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    Wine review by neil5561

  • Yapa Carménère 2014


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Vina Chocalan Carmenere Seleccion 2013


    sweet young fruits with a touch of spices and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Ventisquero Carmenere Reserva 2013


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    Wine review by performer

  • The last two days have been busy and fun, grilling people bringing over wine, ... ... it early.  I like Carmenere with it's chocolate influence - this was more, a whole bunch more chocolate for my palate - blackberries also, but not much to write home about.                                                               The Saved "Tattoo"Red 2... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010


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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison

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