Argentine red wine is becoming very popular. Wine making in Argentina, as we know it today, has a young history that goes back to a little more than 10 years ago.
Here are a few of the best Argentine red wine in spite of its young wine producing history.
Due to its great capacity of adaptation to all kinds of weather, Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the king of red varieties. Its grape, native from Burdeaux, France, produces a wine with remarkable acidity, rough and with a strong presence of tannins. Once matured, it turns out to be a tasty wine with full body. It has intense colors and a complex aroma of fruit, truffles, coffee, green peppers and cassis. It often benefits from being aged for several years. In Argentine, it is grown along the entire wine route. It is ideal to accompany meat, stews, pasta and desserts.
Originally grown in the Southeast of France, this grape has turned into the premier wine from Argentina, where it has found the most propitious ecological features for its development. The Argentine red wine Malbec has become worldwide known and has been awarded well-deserved medals in enological contests. Argentina produces Malbec wines of pleasant taste, medium body with certain earthy notes and an intense purple color. Of vigorous texture and taste, it has a touch of rusticity in the palate.
Syrah is strongly tannic and suitable for long aging in wood. This wine of intense aroma, solid and austere, is reminiscent of spices such as cloves, cinnamon and pepper, fruit like raspberries, wild berries and figs and a touch of dark chocolate. Light and fresh, it has a silky texture and has a long aftertaste. In Argentina, this variety is gaining remarkable acceptance in the Province of San Juan . This Argentine red wine, Syrah combines perfectly with matured cheese, pasta with red sauce, meat, stew and pizza.
This grape was originally grown in Spain, in the area of Rioja. Tempranillo is one of the most widespread varieties in Argentina; however, it had not been used in the making of fine wines until recently. International demand forced winemakers to rediscover the potential of this grape. Tempranillo is a wine of medium alcoholic content, well-balanced, aromatic and suitable for aging in wooden casks. With a frank palate, this wine has a velvety taste when aged. It has notes of wild fruit, black plums, cherries and raspberries.
As a varietal, Merlot develops well in Alto Valle, in the Province of Río Negro, Luján de Cuyo, Maipú, and Cruz de Piedra in Mendoza and in the Pedernal Valley in San Juan and it has given very good results in Patagonia. It is generally used as a blend in the making of Cabernet Sauvignon, to which it provides a soft touch of roundness to harmonize its harshness. This grape produces sophisticated, elegant and round wines of full body. Notes of fruit plums and morello cherries, roses, spices, black pepper and cinnamon are present in its taste. This Argentine red wine presents violet and red tinges whereas its brightness is not too intense.
Pinot Noir produces extremely soft, fresh and fruity wines, with a very good bouquet, an acidity that makes it quite vivid and persistent in the palate without being aggressive. Besides, its color is pale though attractive, varying from a soft red when it is young to an orange shade after having been aged from 8 to 10 years.