About Carmenère Red Wine

About Carmenère Red Wine
Carmenère is a red wine produced from the eponymous variety in Chile. It was originally thought to be Merlot that was brought over from Bordeaux in the 19th century, but in the mid-1990s, research proved it was not Merlot, but indeed Carmenère, which had been thought of as extinct.

Top Picks for Carmenère

Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
94 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of crisp green pepper, ripe cherry, sugar snap peas, black tea, and chocolate tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long ripe plum and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and youthful Carmenère ready to drink now or cellar.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
93 points
$40
Black ruby color. Aromas of ripe apples, figs, sultanas, leather, roasted carrots, star anise, and tomato jam with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long autumn leaves and ripe plums finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, complex and wonderfully integrated Carmenére.
Spangler 2016  Carmenere
92 points
$35
Dark violet color. Aromas of roasted peppers, peppercorns, and sage with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long blistered blueberries, polished oak, toasted sesame, and slate finish with moderate oak flavor. A firm and steadfast Carmenere with bold notes of Oregon terroir and structure built to last.
PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown Carmenere
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black peppercorns, plum pastry, sumac, hibiscus, and dried peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of char-roasted fruit with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky and savory red with table-tuned acidly; distinctive and delicious.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of dried peach, beets, leather, autumn leaves, white bean minestrone, wild mint, herb focaccia, black pepper, and blueberry with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a refreshing, long finish that shows notes of heirloom tomato, nutella, fruit leather, and brie with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An old-world inspired Carmenère that will be beautiful with a thoughtful steak dinner.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Chilean Carmenère
92 points $20 Best Buy
Car Men Air 2016 Grand Reserve Carmenere
91 points
$12.99
Ruby black color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted pomegranate and nuts, singed dark chocolate, and gherkin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of roasted beets and yams, smoked nuts, and cedar plank with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spot-on smoky carmenere that will be great with grilled fare.
91 points $12.99
Car Men Air 2018  Carmenere
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted figs and dates, fire-roasted mixed bell pepper, and peppercorns with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, charming, medium-long pickled blackberries and grilled bread finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wide-appealing Carmenère with an alluring nose; great for steaks.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Puroandes 2016 Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$10.99
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Deep purple color. Aromas of blistered blueberries, earthy mushrooms, grilled bell pepper, and cumin with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long aniseed and leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A velvety Carmenère with plenty of earthy appeal.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Vegetal aromas of raisin bread, roasted beets, minestrone, cinnamon candies, and minced chives with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length pomegranate, dark chocolate chunks, iron-rich soil, and charred chestnuts finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A super-savory Carmenère with attractive fruit for a great meal.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Echeverria 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of smoked jerky, chocolate, roasted berries, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long chocolate Craisins, tomato and herb compote on grilled toast, dark roasted nuts, and white ash finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An attractively smoky and savory Carmenere that will complement grilled fare.
89 points $15 Best Buy