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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  • It's not legally allowed now, but scuttlebutt has it it sometimes still ... ... Bordeaux blend! The carmenere I viewed more as an outlier, but obviously appropriate to a Chilean take on things.Maybe we should just view it as a language or style the winemakers aim for. Remember the old Gallo Chablis? Now that was a stretch, in ugly pidgin.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Seems as though I have this thread to myself as I have put the last 5 posts on ... ... is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot and Syrah grapes.  Not a Bordeaux blend as they claim, but good non the les Read More

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  • No doubt when Spanish conquistador Pedro Gutierrez de Valdivia founded the city ... crafted of 65%  , 24% Carmenere, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot; clear deep ruby; clean medium+ aromas of cherries, blackberries, cranberries, black raspberries, sweet spice notes, cocoa, fresh tobacco leaves, licorice, minerals, eucalyptus, d... Read More

    From the article This premium Cabernet category should be on your radar


  • Vina Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2012

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    intense, flavorful, rich, savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • RBA-Sorry to hear. Every so often we all get one of those. We on the other hand ... ... wth this 2008 Natura Carmenere from Chile, Red fruit with lots of complexity in the mid palate, minerality, herbs, hint of mocha. Very tasty wine. Medium body with a smooth long finish. Excellent surprise as wines from Chile are usually just OK for us.&nbs Read More

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  • Montes Alpha Carmenere 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by JamieLou13


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Carménère Rengo Cuvée 2009

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    good balance of fruits and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2010

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    very strong and rich, with combination of charry and berries, as well as cinnamon spices, chocolates and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ravanal Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009

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    quite unfortunately did not get the chocolate coffee tones i expect of a Carmenere Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Aoyo Carmenere 2014

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    like the rose color Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • do you have a case of concha y tora carmenere what IS SHIPPING TO NEW MEXICO

    Comment by 232834equiney 232834 equiney


  • I Love Caliterra Carmenere Reserve. 9.50 euros Greece

    Comment by 585930ZOI TSATSOU 585930 ZOI TSATSOU


  • Apaltagua has a wonderful Camenere. I love it's rustic flavorful fruitiness.

    Comment by 901944gwendolyn corgan 901944 gwendolyn corgan


  • Carmerere Reserva 2009 best dinner wine with a Roast or Grilled Lamb Chops!!!

    Comment by 463975indy49 463975 indy49


  • delicious dinner wine !

    Comment by 463975indy49 463975 indy49


  • We enjoyed Laura Hartwig's Carmenere 2005 at our Club last week. It was rich bodied, smooth with a hint of pepper and berry flavor.

    Comment by 568831kalalie 568831 kalalie


  • Yes I love the 2007 Santa Digna Carmenere Miguel Torres Reserve

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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