ENOLOGIX'S 100-POINT WINEMAKING RATINGS
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Reviewed By Leo Winemaker
Carmenere does not want to set in California's Napa and Sonoma, but it is a great grape source in Chile. Even the Chilean suitcase clones do not set any better than what we have in California. So Californians are seeking a Carmenere clone. Word is KJ is looking at Clone-702. One Napa company is planning on trying Clone-174 when it become available in early 2012
A Howell Moutain Customers says,
Carmenere 1 is a problem, it is often harvested very late, putting it at risk to being harvested after the rains in a season with La Nina, e.g. 2010. It does not want to set, and it shatters.
Reviewed By Doug Winemaker
I have seen this clone regularly succeed as a blending varietal for Napa Valley hillside Cabernet Sauvignons. However the newer registered clones available would be less risky.