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Carmenere

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Far from its birthplace of Bordeaux, where it once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a blending grape, Carménère has found great success in Chile since the mid-nineteenth century. However, the variety went a bit undercover until 1994 when many plantings previously thought to be Merlot, were profiled as Carménère. Regardless of what vine variety it actually was, these vineyards continue to prosper today under their correct name.

Tasting Notes for Carménère

Carménère is a dry red wine with an herbaceous or black pepper character but in warm climates or with additional hangtime before harvest, it makes wines reminiscent of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke and soy sauce.

Perfect Food Pairings for Carménère

Carménère makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a mole sauce or spice rub.

Sommelier Secrets for Carménère

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2018  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2018
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Root 1 Carmenere 2018 Front Label
    Root 1 Carmenere 2018
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    • Hacienda Araucano Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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    • TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2015  Front Label
      TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2015
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    • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018  Front Label
      Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018
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    • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2018  Front Label
      Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2018
      Carmenere from Chile
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    • Inama Carmenere Piu 2017  Front Label
      Inama Carmenere Piu 2017
      Carmenere from Veneto, Italy
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    • TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carmenere 2016  Front Label
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      • Maquis Carmenere 2017  Front Label
        Maquis Carmenere 2017
        Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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      • Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2018  Front Label
        Casa Silva Cuvee Colchagua Carmenere 2018
        Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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      • De Martino Legado Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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        • Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
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          • Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2015 Front Label
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          • Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere 2018 Front Label
            Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere 2018
            Carmenere from Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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