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 2018 Rennie Organic Estate Vineyard Carmenere
94 points
$40
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of red peppercorns, paprika, red cassis, pomegranate, savory broth, and sumac with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying notes of strawberry relish with light oak flavor. A delightfully balanced, light-on-its-feet Carmenere that will blend in seamlessly at the table.
Awards: 2021 Best Domestic Carmenère
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.
Mosqueteros 2019 Gran Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of new leather, dark cherry, india ink, and tomato paste with a satiny, tangy, dry medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with accents of tart raspberry and cinnamon with well-integrated tannins. A sprightly red that brings savory interest and a lively finish.
Awards: 2021 Best Chilean Carmenere '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $14 Best Buy
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
Bodegas Tagua Tagua 2020 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tomato stem, vanilla cream, green pepper relish, and cassis with a velvety, dry light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, brisk finish that shows accents of charred rosemary and tart black plum with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A smooth and herbal sipper to compliment grilled vegetables.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Casillero del Diablo 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of flame-grilled bell peppers, blistered blackberries, olive focaccia, hints of sesame, and soy with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, agreeable finish that shows notes of coriander seed with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, spicy, fruity Carmenere for grilling and chilling.
89 points $12 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
Casas del Toqui 2018 Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$17
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted red pepper, grilled pumpkin, blackened pepita, and mole negro with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of mango and licorice with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Red that will play well with beef and pork.
Casillero del Diablo 2018 Reserva Carmenere Central Valley
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas of sliced jalapeños, honey, ripe blackberries, juicy plum, and black peppercorn with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length raspberry, dried fig, and hints of chocolate finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking Chilean Carmenere with a nice balance of fruity and green pepper notes.
88 points $12 Best Buy
PKNT 2019 Private Reserve Carmenere
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Dark ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas of blistered berries, grilled root vegetables, and grilled bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length sun dried tomato, mixed berry muffins, and pickled beets finish with light oak flavor. A smoky, earthy Carmenere with a distinctly Chilean swagger.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $8 and Under'
87 points $7 Best Buy