Bonarda

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

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 to really be Charbono (Corbeau in France), and not related to the Italian Read more »

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  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... tour of South America), a Bonarda from Argentina, and finally a Malbec Grand Reserva from Argentina.  They didn't have the regular Malbec from Argentina, but we probably would not have preferred that over the Grand Reserva anyway.  We ended up buying four bottles, on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of ... ... Barbera is blended with Bonarda (aka Croatina) to make the legendary DOC Gutturnio, a resurrection of the ancient Roman Gutturnium. In 1985 the world of Barbera changed forever with the release of Giacomo Bologna’s mythical 1982 Bricco dell’ Ucellone. This wa... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera


  • Colonia las Liebres Bonarda Argentina 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • La Posta Malbec/Syrah/Bonarda Cocina Tinto Mendoza 2012

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    One of my favorites. Smooth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by angela318


  • Alamos Red Blend 2012

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    Oct. 2014, Polly's. Mary, said it was tasty and a bargain. I will look for another and maybe get a taste this time. Doubt it. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Red blends. It’s a term that has been bandied about quite liberally over ... Sauvignon, 17% Syrah, 10% Bonarda Very perfumed on the nose, a bit balsamic with lots of spicy wood notes and intense black currant and plum fruit with just a hint of black pepper. Smooth, rich and powerful on the palate with a hint of slaty minerality adding nice dep... Read More

    From the article "Uncategorically" Red Blends


  • Zuccardi Brazos de Los Andes Valle de Uco Argentina 2011

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    Very perfumed on the nose, a bit balsamic with lots of spicy wood notes and intense black currant and plum fruit with just a hint of black pepper. Smooth, rich and powerful on the palate with a hint of slaty minerality adding nice depth here. More medium weight than one might expect from the nose, the fruit here is rich but shows restrained ripe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Zuccardi Brazos de Los Andes Valle de Uco Argentina 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • La Pantera IGT Emilia-Romagna 2010

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    Pantera is synonim for Luretta. A charming mix of three different wine wine species and the percentage of witch is a family secret. Spicy flavours of pepper and cinnamon blend harmoniously with tannin softness and intense flavours of ripe fruit Read More

    Wine review by ELENA RESTIANI


  • La Gobba Gutturnio DOC 2010

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    A full bodied red wine with persistent flavor of blackberry.perfect pairing with red meat. Read More

    Wine review by paul1970


  • 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!

    Comment by 282534cjcribb 282534 cjcribb


  • 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...

    Comment by 518821cjscrapy 518821 cjscrapy


  • 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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