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.
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
Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva Carmenere
92 points
$20
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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
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
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
Luma Chequen 2015 Gran Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$17
Dark garnet color. Aromas of raisin, sundried tomato, potted plant, and luxardo cherry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length basil, tomato vine, red clay, and violet finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced Carmenère with table-tuned acidity and a juicy style.
Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas of raspberry leaf, baked cranberry tart, roasted parsnip, pine, and charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length baking chocolate and graphite finish. Flavor runs deep in this minerally Chilean red that will be a great match for casual Latin fare.