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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    Viña Casa Silva is engaged in a continual quest to produce the best possible wines. The Silva fam...

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Carmenère on Snooth

  • Inama Bradisismo Veneto IGT 2009


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    Wine review by Mrs Chicago

  • Calina Reserva Carmenere 2012


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    Wine review by dhaus

  • Palo Alto Reserve Chile 2008


    Very light mouthfeel for such a dark wine. It's actually refreshing when chilled a little below cellar temp. Cuts through spicy food very well and has a light aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by sirpags

  • Mont Gras Carmenere Reserve 2011


    Deep color. Nice rich, toasty flavor, oak aged. Soft tannins, very smooth and round. Powerful flavors that are blended nicely. Overall very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by joiedevivre

  • I'm finding that I've stopped drinking - and therefore buying - the ... Argentinian Malbec, Chilean Carmenere are also great foils for steak, and the 2009 and 2010 petit chateau clarets are also drinking beautifully - especially when served with a tender rump of lamb, but have also found that even the humblest wine improves immeasurably after ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How has your cellar changed?

  • Panul Cabernet Carmenere Oak Aged Reserve Colchagua Valley Chile Red 2009


    A little on the light side however makes enjoying more than one bottle a real possibility and that's per person gringo Read More

    Wine review by Joemaskala

  • I just checked my inventory--updating after purchasing some Myriad Syrah (thanks, OT!) and putting in the Jemrose Syrahs I bought a month ago (thanks again, OT!) and it is now official:  I have more Syrah than Cab on hand and quite a bit pending delivery.  (Um, thanks OT? Love the wines but the space is getting a little tight...)So it seemed lik... Read More

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  • One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean up the cellar a bit. A ... these.They are examples of Carmenere and Petite Sirah. two underappreciated varieties and ones that I very much enjoy. Carmenere, coming almost exclusively from Chile these days, is a lighter bodied, herbaceous cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are typically won... Read More

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  • Hacienda Araucano Carmenere Reserva 2011


    A little sweet oak greets the nose followed by some dark herbal and African violet aromas all layered over forest berry wild fruits, wild strawberries and blackberries. Rather light bodied and scid driven with just a suggestion of tannin supporting a nice core of blackberry and black currant fruit that shows a little oaky bitterness on the backe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Carmenere 2011


    Sweet and toasty on the nose with fine vanilla scented powder sugar base notes and lovely crushed currant, floral and cardamom aromatics. Moderately rich with nicely integrated acids and some firm if small tannins supporting plummy black fruit that is simple and a little jellied tasting. The finish is a touch short though there remains enough f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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