With it's origins in Bordeaux, Carménère was mistaken for a long time as Merlot. It's still grown in Bordeaux but it has made it's home in Chile where brilliant examples are being produced.
Red grape variety producing ruby red wines with medium tannin, med/high acidity and medium body.
Carménère makes interesting fruit forward wines with a twist, a herbaceous tendency similar to bell pepper.
France - Bordeaux
Italy - Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
USA - California, Washington
Australia, New Zealand
FLAVOURS / TASTES:
Red fruit - raspberry, cherries, plums,
Cocoa, leather, tobacco, smoky
Green bell pepper
Cabernet Gernischt, carmenelle, cabernelle, bouton blanc, carbouet; carbonet
Like Merlot, Carmenere is super easy to pair with food.
Think about where it thrives (Chile) and think of dishes with a little bit of extra flavour thrown in - such as a molé sauce.
This wine does well with both red and white meats and likes a bit of spice or charring to bring out the smokiness that it can sometimes have. The same also goes for cheese - smoked cheeses.
Because of it's herby tendencies this wine pairs really well with vegetables - especially peppers, stuffed, roasted, in a stir fry - it love them.