Dr. Harold Olmos, of the University of California, created this cross of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carignane to be a Cabernet alternative for California’s ‘cool’ coastal regions. The varietal never gained any significant acreage in these coastal regions or any other vineyards in California. However, Carmine can now be found in a few far flung appellations across North America. Modest amounts of Carmine can be found in Pennsylvannia, Michigan and Oregon. Carmine is a late budder and late ripener and has a tendency to overproduce with lots of large clusters if not properly managed. The grapes of the vine benefit from black skins as can be seen in the resulting wines. Although there are few examples of Carmine based wines on the market, information suggests these wines tend to offer intense dark color, capsicum aromas and flavor with ample tannins.

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  • I am loving how we are getting to know some of our favorite wine writers in ... Pinot Noir to Rosè of Carmine Sparkling Wine from "out of the box thinker" winemaker Kim Kramer of Kramer Vineyards. If we're talking a specific varietal, well then it's any Oregon Pinot Noir - surprise!Snooth: What wine do you just not seem to like? Cabernet Sauvi... Read More

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  • Trivento Reserve Malbec Mendoza 2011


    A bright carmine red whose plum and raspberry jam aroma mingle elegantly with vanilla notes from the six months aged in French oak barrels. Well balanced, exhibits sweet tannins and a velvety finish. -The Winery Read More

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  • Allegrini Corvina Blend Veronese IGT la Grola 2009


    Had at Carmine's over Thanksgiving. From Verona region. Read More

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  • Well Guys,I've been a little busy on work but tonight I have the time to ... french oak barrel. Intense carmine color in the nose I found aromas of black fruit, gingerbread and liquorice. When you dirnk it the notes of peppermint and cocoa explodes with a complex and elegant palate with velvety tannins. We eat it with a veal ossobuco on a dark... Read More

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  • As you may know I’m just back from a trip to Chile, where I spent a week ... name from the brilliantly carmine red that the vine’s leaves turn each fall. It’s kind of ironic that a grape prone to green flavors can present such red foliage. It’s also kind of surprising that the Chileans didn’t recognize Carmenere as being distinct from Merlot m... Read More

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  • J. Bouchon Carménère Reserva Chicureo 2005


    The color shows the early stages of evolution, with a slightly orange fringe. ... The background is a frank carmine.The nose is not so sweet compared to Carmenère syrupy. Instead of pepper on the vigor that one would expect from a Cabernet. Not unpleasant (blackcurrant, more leaf than fruit, red currant).On the palate, slightly tannic attack (... Read More

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  • Bodega Carmine Granata Nicolas Granata Malbec Mendoza 1999


    elegant, well made, well aged; has 5+ years to goplum black color with outer red tones; deep mineral, tobacco, clove and berry fruit tones in the mouth; long silken finish. plays like a Spanish Reserva. Read More

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  • Bodega Carmine Granata Malbec Mendoza 2003


    Deep Plum red/black colorherbs, earth, cherry and cola nut in the nosemedium-full mouth feel, more mineral tones and slight tanninmedium long finish, elegant with sufficient acid. Read More

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  • Irouleguy Rouge Domaine Ilarria Organic 2004


    Beautiful color still bright and the brilliance of youth. Dark carmine.The nose on the fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry), changing to prune, blackberry and cedar. When shaken, turn out the sweet notes which are more reminiscent of a Spanish.On the palate, acidity attack which reinforces the mid-palate. The tannins are subtle and subdued by the aci... Read More

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  • Carmine Granata Pinot Negro 2003


    This is by far the best wine I've had ever. This wine should be drunk alone, ... - pure happiness. I think Carmine Granata showed the Bourgogne how this grape should be cultivated ! Drink now (I drank it beginning 2009 Read More

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