Best Carmenere Wine

Carmenere is most widely planted in Chile, however, Carmenere did not get its start in Chile.

Carmenere originated in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. 

Used in France initially as a blending wine, or to produce deep dark wines, it disappeared from Europe in the mid 19th Century and showed up in Chile a hundred years later and has since become Chile’s premium grape.

My reviews of these best value Carmenere wines are updated weekly. These Carmenere wines offer great taste at a good price. You can also get my top rated Carmenere wines with scores of 90 or higher points. You'll find a definition of Carmenere at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Carmenere in my wine matcher. This is just a sampling of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Montes Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Carmenere 2011
Colchagua, Chile
Big black plums and some mint with a full-bodied weight and texture. Finishes dry and a bit sharp, but refreshing. Cabernet Carmenere food pairings: BBQ Steak, slow roasts or lamb dishes. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2022  Price: $14.80 Score: 87/100

This Cabernet Carmenere was reviewed October 13, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Montgras Carmenere Reserva 2006
Colchagua Valley, Chile
A full-bodied red with black raspberries and mocha. Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $12.95 Score: 87/100

This Carmenere Reserva was reviewed July 19, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 960542  Check Stock

Cremaschi Furlotti Family Family Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carmenère 2004
Maule Valley, Chile
Vintages Wine Panel: This blend combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, two grapes that have already earned a strong reputation in Chile, with the up-and-coming Syrah. Big, complex and full-bodied, it offers up gorgeous red fruit aromas with subtle hints of leather, earth and spice. My note: A fantastic value with deep red fruit notes and a herbaceous core. Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carmenère food pairings: grilled red meats, BBQ, fine cheeses. Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.95 Score: 88/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carmenère was reviewed July 7, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

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Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Carmenère 2010
Maipo Valley, Chile
Savoury and dark with meaty black fruit flavours and smoke. Love the barest hint of mint that lifts and brightens the black fruit flavours. Full-bodied, layered and lovely. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Price: $16.95 Score: 91/100

This Carmenère was reviewed September 1, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 57513  82 in stock

Casa Silva Reserva Carmenère 2008
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Mocha wrapped in smoke: this powerful wine is extremely delicious. Blackberries with espresso and spice. A superb wine for this price. Crack one open when you’re watching your favourite TV show. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2014  Best Value Red Wine (Tied)  Price: $14.95 Score: 89/100

This Carmenère was reviewed February 19, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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Carmenere, a member of the Cabernet family of grapes, is the French word for Crimson (carmin), and is known as the deepest and darkest of red wine grape. Carmenere needs lots of sunshine, warm summers and a long growing season to ripen.  It has been able to achieve this in Chile and therefore Chile has been able to produce some great wines that are rich in berry fruits and spice, such as blackberries and black pepper, recognizable for their rich intense color, smooth soft tannins and restrained acidity.  

Carmenere offers aromas of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee.  On the palate, Carmenere has flavors of blackberries, chocolate, tobacco, leather, smoky cherries and spice.  Carmenere is a soft spicy red wine that pairs very well with spicy red meats.  It can also hold its own with tomato-based dishes as well as curried dishes.  Carmenere will also pair well with dark chocolate.