Bonarda

Common synonyms: Croatina, Bonarda Piemontese, Uva Rara, Bonardo Novarese

Parentage of the grape: whoever it is, it has some ‘splaining to do

History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s Bonarda is another person’s Charbono. The story begins in Italy, where this grape has three offshoots: The Bonarda grape planted in north central Italy in Otrepo Pavese and Colli Piacentini is known there as Croatina. When one sees “Bonarda” on an Italian wine, chances are it is this grape, which originated in Croatia, hence the name. Then there is the Bonarda known as Uva Rara (Bonardo Novarese) grown in Piedmont. Finally, the Bonarda known as Bonarda Piemontese, which is also from Piedmont, but very rarely seen, however, this is considered the “true” Bonarda.

A grape known as Bonarda has become one of the top two most popular red grapes in Argentina (next to Malbec). However, that grape is believed Read more »

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Bonarda on Snooth

  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice.  A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth th... Read More

    From the article 5 Cheap Red Blends


  • Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve Centenario 2012

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    20% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice. A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth thats supported by dry and slightly oaky tannins. The fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ernesto Catena Bonarda Tahuan 2010

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    Harsh. Absolutely hated. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Probably gets caught up a lot and some of what was thought to be Bonarda in Argentina is actually sometimes Charbono or Dolcetto. So maybe I was too quick. It's OK but never brilliant in Italy, at least those that I've had. However, that's not to say it can't do really well somewhere else in the world and I have had a few from CA that weren't ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • Thought this was an interesting mailer I'd share with you all. Already forwarded the e-mail to Fox as he is one of the few champions of Dolcetto that I know. This would also fit in well with the "weekday wines" thread. Fox and I agreeing it's a good week day pasta night wine, or even a 1st wine in a flight of Northern Italian Reds. To all Best W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • Dante Robino Bonarda NV

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    Wine review by Chuckieshow


  • Fox, just had a Bieler rose about two weeks ago.  It was very nice for the ... Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda and the night before we enjoyed a 2011 Hillinger Zweigel Read More

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  • Crios Susana de Balbo Syrah Bonarda 2009

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    Big dark crushed cherry fruit with some nice spiceness, medium to light tannins and medium acidity. The syrah is more on the lighter side but definitely dominates the flavor profile. Not overly complex and a somewhat short finish but overall really good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • La Posta del Vinatero Cocina-Tinto Blend 2011

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    What a Beauty! Dark opaque Burgundy, Purple, Black color. Good enough to use for ink in my fountain pen.Earthy, spices, and jam tastes. Together they all worked well for me...$16 - what a steal, particularly compared to other bottles I have tried from Cameron Hughes & Naked Wines. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Alma Negra M Blend 2011

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    Wine review by knalselder


  • Bonarda is a real Argentinean PowerHouse! Check out the Caligoire Reserve Organic Bonarda for one packed with flavor for a great value price! http://www.snooth.com/wine/caligiore-reserve-bonarda/ It has this great Cherry Cola note that you will love!

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  • I am in the Military and when I was in Germany I bought some wine and it was the best I have ever tasted. I saved the bottle for my retirement ceremony. I loved it more now than I did when I bought it in 2006. I toaseted with several other friends and they wanted more, but I only had the one bottle. I would like to know how I can get a coup...

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  • According to their website, the Julia Wine #16 is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Bonarda blend whereas their #18 is straight Bonarda. I'm trying a bottle tonight!

    Comment by 278747Evelyn64 278747 Evelyn64


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