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.
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
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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
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
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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
Lion & Dove 2017  Carmenere
89 points
$11.99
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Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of strawberry preserves, roasted root vegetables, smoked cherries, and sun dried tomatoes with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and raisin finish. A silky smooth, earthy carmenere that’s easy to pair.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Paso Grande 2018 Reservado Carmenere
89 points
$7.99
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Violet color. Inviting, fruity aromas of juicy plum, kirsch, dried leaves, and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length creme caramel, toasted pound cake, marinated strawberries, cascara, and cafe latte finish. A tasty Carmenere with big fruit balanced by roasty notes of dark caramel and coffee.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$10.99
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Indigo color. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, carob, and charred root vegetables with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length black licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy, silky red for with a rustic charm.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Tripantu 2018 Reserve Carmenere
88 points
$9.99
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Dark violet color. Aromas of black cassis, red apple, autumn leaves, candied violet petals, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length ganache and sweet pickled peppers finish. A highly pairable Carmenèrefit for an autumn meal.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy