This is an old and noble variety frequently used as base for the best sparkling wines. It is vinified as a white wine, though some top quality red varietals can also be obtained. As it requires cold weather, it has found in Mendoza and Neuquen the ideal spots for its growth. It is very soft, fresh and fruity, with good, albeit not aggressive, acidity that leads to a long-lasting finish on the palate. This variety mutates more easily than the others, and so there are many different Pinot grape clones. Its color ranges from ruby to intense red, and it maintains its characteristic raspberry, sugar beet and earthy aromas in every case.