Carménère

  (kahr-mhen-NEH-re)
Synonyms: Carménère, Grand Vidure

Wine Name: Carménère

Background: Originally from France, this Merlot-like grape was mostly used in blending wines for Bordeaux-type blends. Chile is now the main producer of this grape and produces it as a pure varietal as well as using it in red wine blends. When grown in warm climates where it can fully ripen, it tastes of blackberry, plum, tobacco, a hint of spices and has soft tannins. Cool climate or unripe Carménère may exhibit green pepper and vegetal tastes and aromas.

Classic Brands and Sources: Bisquertt, Calterra, Casa Lapastole, Concha y Toro, Casa Silva, Montes, Santa Rita, Veramonte, Vinos Ventisquero

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical Chilean

Body – full

Acidity – low

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – medium


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs well with savory, low acid dishes and also with some spice.

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, veal or pork grilled, roasted or braised, chili, hamburgers, meatloaf, mushrooms, cheese based pasta, risotto.

Cheese Pairings:
Brie and Camembert without rind, mild Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda, smoked Gouda, Gorganzola, Manchego, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Pecorino, Provolone, Romano