Carmenère was once widely cultivated in the Bordeaux region and although it is still used occasionally to add color and complexity to the Bordeaux blends, it is more commonly associated with Chile. In fact, some of the Chilean wine that is labelled Merlot is, in fact, Carmenere. The Frontera Carmenere does not offer much complexity, but has blackberry, plum and some spicy pepperish notes. Still a good deal and an opportunity to try something different from an increasingly popular region. Try with anything smoked or stewed.