We will be breaking this concept out into several posts including information on both red and white wines. We are still debating on how we will share this information and we think that it might be fun to present it to you as a world tour. Sound good? Ok, glad you agree!
Malbec – Currently the most famous Argentine grape. The Malbec grape was originally grown in France but has developed its best characteristics in Argentina. Loaded with spicy, smokey, robust flavors, Malbec can be an extremely bold wine. But in some of the more fruit forward bottles this boldness is subdued by the jammy cherry and berry flavors which are more evident than the spicier ones.
Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet is one of the most commonly grown red grapes, and for good reason – it displays terrific smoothness, sweetness, and concentration of a wide range of flavors. The Cabernet grape also has a tremendous capacity for aging. Common flavors present in Cabernets include cherry, plum, berry, spice, vanilla, tobacco, mocha, chocolate, and coffee.
Bonarda -The most widely planted Argentine grape, the origins of which are Italian. Known for a distinct ruby red to purple color. This wine has tremendous sweetness and smoothness, and can often include flavors of raspberries, flowers, licorice, vanilla, anise, white pepper, dark chocolate, smoked wood, and tobacco. The natural sweetness of this grape can also lend itself to a dessert or fortified Bonarda.
Pinot Noir -Recently Pinot Noir has had a great increase in popularity, and for good reason, these wines display an incredible amount of flavor while being at the same time very smooth in a way that would not be common for such bold flavors. Piinot Noir can gain different flavor profiles from the time it is aged in wood barrels. Typically, the less oak aged types have more upfront flavors of red fruits, vanilla, and caramel while the longer oaked varietals will display more upfront flavors of wood, earth, flowers, and spice.
Tempranillo -This grape is originally from Spain and due to the similar growing and climate conditions, this grape grows well in Argentine soil. Tempranillo can offer intense character and deep flavors of cherries, black raspberries, cardamom and allspice.
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