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.

Falernia Reserva Carmenère 2007
Elqui Valley, Chile
Blackberry and purple plum liqueur richness and concentration. Full-bodied and smooth with terrific richness. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 89/100

This Carmenère was reviewed March 31, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 269175  Check Stock
BC: 456178  155 in stock
 

Falernia Reserva Carmenère 2010
Elqui Valley, Chile
Blackberry and purple plum liqueur richness and concentration. Full-bodied and smooth with terrific depth. This is a very meaty wine, and a terrific one at this price point. It would go beautifully with prime rib, a juicy steak or conversations well past midnight. Carmenère food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 91/100

This Carmenère was reviewed June 8, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 269175  Check Stock
BC: 456178  155 in stock
 

In Situ Gran Reserva Viña San Esteban Carmenère 2009
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Full-bodied, black fruit and smooth. Dark and tasty. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 87/100

This Carmenère was reviewed September 15, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 93542  Check Stock
 

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère 2009
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Vintages Wine Panel: Caliterra was established in 1996 as a partnership between the Robert Mondavi family and Viña Errázuriz. Viña Erráruriz acquired the Mondavi share in 2004. The name Caliterra is a combination of the words calidad (quality) and tierra (land). This is a deliciously lush wine with layers of sweet dark fruit, nice structure and a seam of acidity keeping everything in balance. My note: Superb value for the money! Rich, savoury dark berries and plums. Nice juiciness and full-bodied weight. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2014  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $14.95 Score: 89/100

This Carmenère was reviewed April 16, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 56630  Check Stock
 

Santa Valley Velvet Carmenere 2007
Rapel Valley, Chile
Aged 8 months in oak. A vibrant red with intense mocha notes. Layers of fresh cherry and plum notes. Carmenere food pairings: venison, bison steak, barbecued ribs, ostrich, partridge. Alcohol: 14%  750 ml  Price: $12.95 Score: 89/100

This Carmenere was reviewed March 24, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 57133  Check Stock
 


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Carmenere

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.