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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  • 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?


  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by tcrobin


  • Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    the upside for this wine was that it is organic, and it comes across the palate better chilled, but I would not want another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Archer Roose Valle del Colchagua Carmenere NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by MeravSomm


  • Casas Patronales Carmenere 2014

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    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

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

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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