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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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  • Los Vascos Grande Reserve Carmenere 2012 Front Label
    Los Vascos Grande Reserve Carmenere 2012
    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere 2012 Front Label
    Vina Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere 2012
    Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2012 Front Label
    Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2012
    Carmenere from Chile
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  • Haras de Pirque Estate Carmenere 2012 Front Label
    Haras de Pirque Estate Carmenere 2012
    Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    • Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserve Carmenere 2012 Front Label
      Miguel Torres Santa Digna Reserve Carmenere 2012
      Carmenere from Chile
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    • Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carmenere 2012 Front Label
      Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carmenere 2012
      Carmenere from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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      • Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere 2012 Front Label
        Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere 2012
        Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • Maquis Carmenere 2012 Front Label
          Maquis Carmenere 2012
          Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • Lapostolle Grand Selection Carmenere 2012 Front Label
          Lapostolle Grand Selection Carmenere 2012
          Carmenere from Rapel Valley, Chile
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          • Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2012 Front Label
            Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2012
            Carmenere from Elqui Valley, Chile
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            • Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2012 Front Label
              Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2012
              Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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            • La Playa Axel Carmenere 2012 Front Label
              La Playa Axel Carmenere 2012
              Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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              • Tres Palacios Family Vintage Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                Tres Palacios Family Vintage Carmenere 2012
                Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile
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                • Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                  Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2012
                  Carmenere from Rapel Valley, Chile
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                  • Montes Limited Selection Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                    Montes Limited Selection Carmenere 2012
                    Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                    • Estampa Reserve Assemblage Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                      Estampa Reserve Assemblage Carmenere 2012
                      Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                    • Montes Purple Angel Apalta Vineyard Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                      Montes Purple Angel Apalta Vineyard Carmenere 2012
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                    • Arboleda Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                      Arboleda Carmenere 2012
                      Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                    • Terrunyo Peumo Vineyard Block 27 Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                      Terrunyo Peumo Vineyard Block 27 Carmenere 2012
                      Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                    • Calcu Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                      Calcu Carmenere 2012
                      Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                      • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                        Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere 2012
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                        • Root 1 Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                          Root 1 Carmenere 2012
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                          • Koyle Royale Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                            Koyle Royale Carmenere 2012
                            Carmenere from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                          • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2012 Front Label
                            Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2012
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                          • TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere 2012 Front Label
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