Looking For A Great Carmenere?

Let the WineAlign Critics help you find the Right Wine for the Right Price, Right Now!

Get Your Free Access Now

Top 5 Carmenere at the LCBO

Montes Alpha Carmenère 2013, Colchagua Valley Bottle Montes Alpha Carmenère 2013, Colchagua Valley

Colchagua Valley, Chile
143230

+

Find the BEST wines in YOUR price range

  • Over 125,000 wines reviewed and ranked
  • Reviews from Canada's top professional wine critics
  • Articles by Canada's best wine writers
Start drinking better wine now

Latest Articles

If I Could Buy Only One – February 18th, 2017 VINTAGES Release


As part of our VINTAGES recap for February 18th, we asked our critics: “If you could buy only one wine from this release – which one would it be and why?” Our picks from the February 18th VINTAGES release: Michael Godel – For the sake of comparison, Victoria’s latitudinal equivalents are Gisborne in New Zealand, Sonoma […] More

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES – Feb 18th, 2017


Local best buys ahead of Taste Ontario and Cuvée, Kosher for Passover and searching for common ground by Michael Godel, with notes from David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato In advance of the fourth VINTAGES release of 2017 and just a shade post Valentine’s Day we find ourselves in anticipatory times. Here at the crossroads of February […] More

An Exclusive Four-Course Dinner Featuring the Wines of Heartland – Toronto


On Wednesday, March 8th, WineAlign is pleased to present an exclusive four-course dinner at Luma Restaurant expertly paired with award-winning red wines from Heartland Wines located in Langhorne Creek, South Australia. Heartland’s Managing Director Nick Keukenmeester will be joined by WineAlign’s Sara d’Amato to help guide you through the evening. For the last 5 years, Nick […] More

National Wine Awards of Canada

Discover Canada's best wines! In 2016, 22 judges tasted 1,535 wines from 230 wineries across the country to identify Canada's top wines.

View Award-Winning Wines

World Wine Awards of Canada

Seventeen judges tasted 1,000 wines in 21 categories in 2015 to find the world's best wines sold in Canada under $50.

View Award-Winning Wines



Carmenere

The Carmenère grape is a red variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot. Now rarely found in France, the world's largest area planted with this variety is in Chile in South America. Chilean plantings, brought from France in the 19th Century, were originally thought to be Merlot, before being correctly identified in 1994 and, since then, used as a distinctive signature by the country's producers. Carmenère wine has a deep red color and aromas found in red fruits, spices and berries, with tannins that are gentler and softer than those in Cabernet Sauvignon. Although mostly used as a blending grape, wineries do bottle a pure varietal Carmenère which. Its taste might also be reminiscent of dark chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The wine is best drunk young.