By Duane Pemberton
While Argentina clearly rocks the Malbec, there’s another little-known varietal that it does a good job with as well – Bonarda. Originally from Italy – largely grown in the Piedmont region – this grape has really started to take off quite well in Argentina.
- Varietal: 100% Bonarda
- Vineyard: Ugartech Lujan de Cuyo
- Vineyard Altitude: 3182ft
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $25
Nose: White peppercorns, blueberry, licorice, cocoa, pencil lead, beef jerky, smoked paprika and bacon.
Taste: If you have never tried a Bonarda, this would be a good one to start off with. It exhibits that beautiful dark fruit of blueberry, marionberry with a good amount of spice. I do enjoy the mid palate as it is kept rather lively with enough acids. A good finish with lingering fruit make it an easy pic for marinated meats, mushrooms or game.