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
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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
Santa Isle 2016 Reserve Carmenere
90 points
$9.99
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Dark dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas of stable floor, wild berries, dried figs and dates, eucalyptus, patchouli, and charred pastry with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length juicy mulberries, cola, rose water, licorice, pepper, and vanilla bean finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced and satisfying everyday red that will be well-received at the table.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy