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2010 Ernesto Catena Tahuan Bonarda – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Bonarda, or Bonadra Piemontese, is a red grape that is primarily grown in Argentina. While it started off in the Piedmont region of Italy, it’s rarely found there anymore. Luckily for us, however, it has flourished in Argentina and now makes for a very nice wine experience. In fact, up until somewhat recently, it was Argentina’s most widely-planted grape.

Technical Data:

  • Production area: La Vendimia, in Rivadavia, Mendoza
  • Elevation of vineyards: 2,297 feet
  • Harvest dates: Last week of March
  • Maceration: Pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • Total time of maceration: 21 days
  • Temperature of fermentation: Between 82-86 °F
  • Cooperage: 70% spends 10 months in oak – 50% French – 50% American (45% new, 55% 2nd and 3rd use)
  • Alcohol: 13.7 % by volume
  • Residual sugar: 2.1 g/l
  • pH: 3.80
  • Price:  $18

Nose: Very “syrah-like” on the nose in that it has notes of fresh game, black peppercorns, blackberry, leather and plums.

Taste: This is a wonderful wine for the money and frankly one that should be quickly saught out by wine lovers of a more acid-driven wine. It has gorgeous dark fruit notes that combine with spice, tobacco and dark chocolate but a stellar cast of acidity that plays along with it. The mid palate is refreshing and full at the same time – the finish BEGS me to finish the entire bottle asap.

W.E.P. Rating: 140%