It is a black grape variety used to make red wines, mainly for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon. The fact that it ripens later than most of the other varieties does not allow it to be successful in many French regions, being only found in Bordeaux. It provides aroma, color, acid and tannins for many of the great French red wines, by means of an addition up to 10% of the total composition. It is recently grown in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, California, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Australia, Venezuela, British Columbia and New Zealand, with the purpose of enhancing other wines. Its aromas preserve redolent of banana and lead pencil. During its aging process, it reaches an intense purplish color.