Red (black) grape variety that originated in Bordeaux, France. The grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. It remains a key blending grape in Bordeaux, but grows more prevalently in warmer climates, including Argentina. It is one of the most popular black grapes for premium red wine blends and single varietals. Single varietal wines have dark fruit characters of blackberry and black plum, with spicy accents of clove and pepper. Oak aging is common. Widely grown in Argentina, as well as Bordeaux.
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