There is something gloriously ancient, mysterious and knotty about Carmenère. Its story brings together competing historical hypotheses, ampelographic hide-and-seek and remarkable powers of reinvention. It gets both winemakers and wine drinkers hot under the collar, with the power to dismay and delight in seemingly equal measure. Now, research is starting to shed tantalising light on its quirky nature, making this particularly protean grape variety very much a story still in the telling.
[Peter Richards MW on Carmenere in The World of Fine Wine Issue 51, 2016]