Carménère, Grand Vidure
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 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, MontGras Santa Rita, Veramonte, Vinos Ventisquero
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.
Brie and Camembert without rind, mild Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda, smoked Gouda, Gorganzola, Manchego, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Pecorino, Provolone, Romano
Carménère at Wikipedia
Carménère at WinePros
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