WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Full,
Acid - Medium / High,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium / High.

Tastes Like: Blackberry, Pepper, Spice, Herbaceous, Green pepper, Green bean

Carmenere has found a second home in Chile and is often referred to as Chile’s signature red grape.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: While it can grow in cooler climates, Carmenere truly shines in warm or hot regions, where it ripens more fully, expressing its rich fruit character.

Warm/Hot Climate: Grown in warmer areas, it yields wines with a deeper, riper fruit profile and softer tannins.

Appelations / Producers of Note

Seek out Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley in Chile for exceptional Carmenere wines.

Age-worthiness

Carmenere is enjoyable in its youth, showcasing its lush fruit and aromatic complexity.

Aging Potential: However, it can age gracefully, evolving into wines with more pronounced spice, tobacco, and chocolate notes over time.

First Published: Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 Last updated: Oct 21, 2023

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Damien Saunders
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