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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  • Tres Palacios Carmenere


    Sweet, tastes fishy Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Vina Estampa Reserves Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2008


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    Wine review by mattbakhoum

  • Santa Rita Organic Reserva Carmenere 2010


    a very smooth and pleasant organic. I will look for another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Personally, I think a lot of the Chilean stuff I can get is not particularly ... ... The last Chilean Carmenere I had tasted like they definitely added something to it (artificial Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean Wines - Have you...

  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine ... Central Valley, the Codorniz Carmenere from Central Valley and the El Delirio Reserva Syrah-Malbec blend from Maule Valley.  They were all very nice and as such I bought one each of the first three, then three of Syrah-Malbec blend which was very tasty to me.  T... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean Wines - Have you...

  • Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2013


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    Wine review by anstett

  • 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

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