Learn about Carmenere — taste profile, popular regions and more …
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.
- Bordeaux Red Blends433
- Cabernet Sauvignon189
- Pinot Noir140
- Other Red Blends88
- Tuscan Blends32
- Rhône Blends22
- Cabernet Franc9
- Nerello Mascalese7
- Nero d'Avola5
- Other Red Wine3
- Petit Verdot2
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2019Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2019Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2019Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
TerraNoble CA1 Andes Carmenere 2017Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2018Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere 2019Carmenere from Rapel Valley, Chile
Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere 2017Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
Arboleda Carmenere 2018Carmenere from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere 2018Carmenere from Maule Valley, Chile