The signature red-wine variety of Chile, this ancient grape — probably Spanish in origin but long grown in the Médoc region of France — was long misidentified in South America as merlot. In fact a relative of cabernet sauvignon, almost obsolete in France today, it produces wines with a jammy, slightly grassy flavor. There is a bit of carménère in California and Washington State, in Italy, and in Australia and New Zealand.

Serve With

Duck, chicken, rabbit, pasta with meat or tomato-based sauce, pork, sausage, rice and vegetable dishes, South American corn-based dishes, and mild cheeses.