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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  • Yes, Montes Purple Angel (Angel Morado?) 2015 is highly touted, and I have had ... posts.  Many cheaper Carmenere are a bit sweet, but there is a somewhat noticeable semblance on the palate with Merlot.  Maybe I'll plug for a Purple Angel '15... though I will have to travel to Vancouver or Abbotsford to get it.  Still, an outing is an outing, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • After re-reading your initial post I realized that your experience is quite ... all wines do of course - the carmenere I posted about above was one.It's not something I'd worry about - it's your taste buds and palate that has to be satisfied after al Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • BTW, I was seeking out a Carmenere (like the Tarapaca you suggested, RCKR1951), but could not find anything that was bone dry and from either single vineyard or otherwise good provenance from Chile.  Of course, I can order, but that seems like too much work.  When I go down to Seattle in a week or two, I'll investigate some purchases of this kin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • The week has been as busy as it has been cold. Been drinking a little here and ... Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva CarmenereThe Halcon wasn't professionally reviewed at the time I bought it, but the avg. Cellartracker score was about 92 - pretty good. The Tarapaca was reviewed and averaged a solid 91 - pretty good again. What's the difference?A lot... Read More

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  • Just drank a wonderful Chilean Carmenere that wasn't jammy at all. Read More

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  • Chono Single Vineyard Carmenere 2015

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Root Carmenere Vina Ventisquero 2017

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ilaia Carmenere Reserva Vina Marty 2014

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    Binny's 1/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I like what I'm told is referred to a "jammy" wine. One example is Altmura. I know it's not sweet however to me it has somewhat of a sweet taste. Any recommendations of some wine to try?   Read More

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  • Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2015

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    just love the camenere which is very earthy, smooth and supple. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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