Carmenere red wine grape

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Carmenere grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Carmenere is a dark, red grape variety widely used for the production of some of the best wines in Chile, even though it was originally one of the six noble grapes of the Bordeaux region of France.
It has similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of wine style, and looks similar to Merlot. In fact it was imported in relatively large quantities to Chile before phylloxera wiped out most of the Carmenere vines in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. There are also plantings of the grape in the Friuli region of Italy as well as in Washington and California.
A Carmenere wine that we think is particularly good is the Casa Silva Carmenere.
 
     
     
     


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