DetailsThe original Bordeaux grape, popular long before Merlot or Cabernet, Carménère combines characteristics of both, with rich, fleshy notes of black cherry and dark fruits of Merlot and the cedar/black currant and the expressive tannins of Cabernet. Look for a deep scarlet wine with black cherry and berry running to chocolate, spice, smoky notes and hints of violets and roses.
The juicy fruit makes it tempting to drink young, but ageing will bring out more structure and elegance. Serve with grilled flank or skirt steak, roast lamb, grilled Portobello mushrooms, or for an amazing flavor sensation, with 70% dark cacao chocolate!
Yield: 6 Gallons
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Type Red Origin - Body Full Food Pairings Serve with grilled flank or skirt steak, roast lamb, grilled Portobello mushrooms, or for an amazing flavor sensation, with 70% dark cacao chocolate!
3.8 / 5.04 ReviewsAn unusual grape.This is one of my favorites.November 10, 2018Purchased
5 months agoA solid carmenereWe followed the instructions exactly, and this wine turned out just fine. It was very typical of the careener style, and tasted fine, even at bottling time. We will be making it again. At around $3 a bottle, it is a fabulous value. Compares well to more expensive kits.May 30, 2018Worth a try!I gave this one 4 stars because although it is not my favorite, it is very drinkable. I much prefer the Master Vintner Merlot. All 6 gallons have disappeared in 6 months and nobody told me that they didn't like it or hated it. My last bottle at the 6 month mark was very good. I didn't care for it very much at bottling but over the next few months the flavor came around.April 19, 2017Very disappointed.I have made several 6 gallon kits before and this one was the worst so far. Very watered down tasting and not a good flavor or bouchée. This type of wine is not readily found in my area of the world, so I was hopeful I had found a solution. It doesn't taste like any carmenere I have had before. Try one of the other kits with better reviews. Nothing like having six gallons of wine you don't want to drink. It has already aged 2-3 months with very little improvement.February 4, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoResponse from Midwest SuppliesI passed your review onto Tim Vandergrift- "I’m sorry to hear that your wine didn’t turn out for you. There are a couple of ways the kits differ from the other wine kits on the market. You may already have gotten that from the instructions, but to make sure you’re getting the best out of the Master Vintner kit, follow the MV instructions, as they’re different from every other kit company’s instructions. Especially important is that the kit starts at 6 gallons (22.7 litres) on day one, and does not receive—ever—any extra water. If you're bulk-aging in a carboy you’ll need to top up with a similar wine, not water. Unless you’re pressed for room, I’d advise against discarding the existing wine. It may still come around. Carmenere is one of those wines, like Zinfandel, that can go through ‘phases’, where it seems hollow and thin, and then bulks back up a few months later. Cheers, Tim V." Midwest Customer Service will be in touch too, to see if we can help further.February 8, 2017Todd J Staff
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