Tag: Cabernet Franc

Discover everything that you need to know about the Cabernet Franc variety, one of the most grown red grapes in the world and considered to be the future of Argentine wines. Nowadays, the Cabernet Franc is mainly grown within Mendoza region by producers such as Bodega Argento. The rootstock is native to France, where it began being grown in the 17th century. It is still very widespread within the wine region of Bordeaux. By means of Argento’s blog, The Real Argentina, discover the qualities that have turned the Cabernet grape variety into one of the most popular varieties among wine producers. Its red or rosé wines are poor in tannins but complex. They display numerous aromatic nuances (fruity nose with a material component) and their texture is light and dry. They have a green vegetable nose, like green leaves or peppers. They are perfect wines to pair with red meat and strong cheese, as explained in the simple pairing guide elaborated by the blog’s collaborators, who are true wine lovers. In general, Cabernet Franc combines very well with intense –slightly unpredictable– flavours. The Cabernet Franc red wine has to be served at a temperature ranging between 17 and 18 degrees. The Cabernet Franc stock is quite similar to the Cabernet Sauvignon –DNA analysis have shown that the former created the latter after being crossed with the Sauvignon Blanc–, but it ripens earlier and adapts better to cold climates. It is also the variety most prone to mutation. In the United States and Canada, it is used to elaborate ice wines, which are wines recommended to accompany desserts. They are produced from overripe grapes that are not harvested until after the first season frost.

Grape Expectations: Less Common Varieties of Argentina Wine

As Argentina is a country made up of immigrants for the most part, it makes perfect sense that its grapes (excluding Torrontés) are also documented aliens. Take our dearly beloved Malbec. We all know it originates from Cahors in south-west France, don’t we? That’s right, the Old World has had its hand in defining Argentina’s viniculture, thanks to big hitters Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and of course Malbec – from Salta in the north to Patagonia in the south…

August 6th, 2014