This is the second most cultivated red grape in Argentina and one of the most traditional. A typical characteristic is its deep color. It is used in blends, to which it contributes color intensity and fruity notes.
Due to its abundance, strength and low cost, it has been always used for cheap red wine; however, it is also produced as varietal which yields a frank wine, honest, body character and with subtle accents of anise.
As it has very good structure, it can be aged in barrels.
History: It comes from French Cobeaux and it was confused in Argentine vineyards with Barbera d`Asti vines for many years.
Surface: 15,000 hectares.
Leaf: little folded, medium-sized, opaque green, whole or with few five-lobed.
Cluster: medium-sized, tendency to be cylindrical and quite full.
Berry: Blue black, medium, oval and soft pulp.
Wine: Intense red with violet hues, strong and abundant tannins. There are notes of red and black fruit and plums in its fragrances; additional and it can get more complex aromas such as leather by aging.