Perfect ForDinner Parties, Drinking Outside the Lines, Wine Geeks
Drink If You LikeCarménère, Merlot , Sangiovese
The Full Review
Carménère is a grape that originated in Bordeaux, but today is mostly grown in Chile. In northeastern Italy, it has been grown since at least the 19th century, and is the principal grape in this unique and heady wine (along with 30% Merlot). Aromas include dry cocoa powder, black pepper, blackberries, and dried herbs. There’s not a trace of the green bell pepper aromas that are common in Carménère from Chile. Flavors include fresh blackberries and spice. Taking a sip is like stepping into a farmhouse in the hills of Verona. If you're curious to try a unique take on Carménère, or are a fan of smooth, robust Italian wine, pop open a bottle.