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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 2019  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2019
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
    Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere 2019
    Carmenere from Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2018  Front Label
    Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
    Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2019
    Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2019  Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2019
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere 2017  Front Label
    Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere 2017
    Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Arboleda Carmenere 2018  Front Label
    Arboleda Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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  • Hacienda Araucano Reserva Carmenere 2019  Front Label
    Hacienda Araucano Reserva Carmenere 2019
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2017  Front Label
    TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2017
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018 Front Label
    TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018
    Carmenere from Maule Valley, Chile
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  • Inama Carmenere Piu 2017  Front Label
    Inama Carmenere Piu 2017
    Carmenere from Veneto, Italy
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