Full Review

Contempo

Contempo
2016 Red Blend, Famatina Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13.9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10
Best Buy

Contempo
2016 Red Blend, Famatina Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Argentine Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13.9%
Dark ruby black color. Elegant aromas of finely polished furniture, imported cherry liqueur, black raspberry, and pomegranate with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy roasted nuts, marzipan, chocolate covered espresso bean, and sweet cream and mixed peppercorns finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice and juicy anytime-red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: finely polished furniture, imported cherry liqueur, black raspberry, and pomegranate
Taste Flavor: roasted nuts, marzipan, chocolate covered espresso bean, and sweet cream and mixed peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Sharp Cheddar, Colby, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice and juicy anytime-red.

The Importer

BravoVino, Inc.

The Importer
1121 Military Cutoff Road, Ste C-350
Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
1 888-215-9155

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Other Argentine Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While Malbec from Argentina has taken the American market by storm, there are other reds produced in that country. Planted in only slightly less quantity than Malbec is a red variety called Bonarda. However, we usually use the term 'Other Argentine Red' to refer to wines made with blends of red wine grapes, mostly Bordeaux varietals. These wines are usually modeled stylistically after drier Old World claret style wines versus the juicy, fruity style of Argentine malbec that has become so popular.

Other red wines made in Argentina include Syrah, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Barbera and Cabernet Franc. As with most wine-producing regions, growers have learned which climates are most beneficial for particular varieties. Thus Pinot Noir is a specialty of the cool climate Patagonia region in the south, while Syrah produces notable results in the hotter San Juan region near the western border with Chile.