Carmenere is considered one of the original six red grapes of the Bordeaux region of France. A member of the Cabernet family of grapes, it is now rarely found in France. The largest planted area for this grape is now Chile in South America. Carmenere has a deep red color, and is a medium bodied wine with soft tannins. Typically found in blends, tasting notes can include cherry, smoke, spice and earth.