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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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  • Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2018  Front Label
    Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2016 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2016
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2014 Front Label
    Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2014
    Carmenere from Chile
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  • Haras de Pirque Reserva Carmenere 2015  Front Label
    Haras de Pirque Reserva Carmenere 2015
    Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Root 1 Carmenere 2018 Front Label
    Root 1 Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    • Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2018  Front Label
      Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2018
      Carmenere from Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    • 1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenere 2017  Front Label
      1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenere 2017
      Carmenere from Chile
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    • TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2013  Front Label
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      Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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      • De Martino Legado Carmenere 2018  Front Label
        De Martino Legado Carmenere 2018
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      • TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carmenere 2014  Front Label
        TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carmenere 2014
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        • Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2015 Front Label
          Hacienda Araucano Alka Carmenere 2015
          Carmenere from Chile
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