(2008 Vintage) This label was created by consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini and his partners at Altos Las Hormigas for the production of Bonarda. Bonarda vines were brought to Argentina by Piemontese immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century and were traditionally planted with Barbera. Over the years, growers have slowly replaced the Barbera with Bonarda and now many of the old vineyards are 100% Bonarda. Grapes for this wine were grown in 30 year old high-trellised vineyards in Los Campamentos, Rivadavia. Night time temperatures are 2°C lower than the rest of the eastern area, allowing the aromatic read more...qualities in the grapes to develop fully. Deep red in colour, with youthful purple lights. On the nose the Bonarda has fresh, red fruit perfumes, with hints of plums and forest fruit. Unoaked, the fruit characters are allowed to shine through on the palate, with flavours of spicy plums and blackberries, supported by rounded ripe tannins and a youthful acidity. (hide)
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/05
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) If you're already familiar with Argentine Bonarda, this wine will make you feel as though you've landed on another planet. It comes from 30-year-old vines planted in two areas within Mendoza; one in the cool heights of Uco Valley, and the other toward the hot plains of the east, in Rivadavia. The combination results in a massive red with a roasted black fruit aroma that almost takes you to the Rhone, its firm, tense tannins and vibrant acidity providing a solid structure that suggests a brilliant future. A hedonistic pleasure, and a true steal for the price.
Wine & Spirits(2010 Vintage) The 2007 Bonarda is 100% varietal aged in stainless steel. Purple-colored and very fragrant, it offers up scents of strawberry and raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, lively wine with pleasant acidity and ample ripe fruit. It would be a superb match with a pulled pork sandwich.