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.
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
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
Casillero del Diablo 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
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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
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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
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
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.