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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  • Nuna Bonarda Lujan de Cuyo 2015

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    Dry, tarry and earthy with a hidden fruit note of blackberry. Tart and floral on the palate with a chunky blackberry note and a bit of sharp acidity, burnt espresso and black olive on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Durigutti Bonarda Mendoza 2015

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    Dusty fall leaves and blackberry aromas with light floral notes. Tart and juicy red fruit notes of cherry and strawberry on the palate, easy drinking and a bit chunky with medium acidity and a finish of light flower petal and perfume. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec Bonarda 2016

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    Chunky cherry and red currant aromas with a touch of savory minerality, put together this presents an interesting fruit and floral mixture on the nose. A bit flabby on the palate with black cherry fruit and an earthy, tart finish with rough tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zuccardi Serie a Bonarda Mendoza 2015

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    Good rich raspberry and red currant aromas. A bit chunky on the palate with blueberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, pleasant balanced tannins and a mellow earth and flower petals emerging on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Via Revolucionaria! Bonarda Pura 2016

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    Very floral Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Old Winery Mendoza Argentina Bonarda 2016

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    Wow! what a wonderful rendition of a great variety: a very unique flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • The only grapes that I can for sure figure out is the Zin (of course), syrah, ... ... sauvignon and charbono (bonarda) are used also.  The charbono I get - I do like, especially the Lamadrid from Argentina; but the cabby I missed out on totally.  Maybe the time in the bottle melded things.But yeah - I like it better after 5 years.1 Read More

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  • La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 2014

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    Here the blend is based on between 55-70 percent Barbera and 30-45 ... (known locally as Bonarda). The wines tend to be softly flavored and well rounded with distinctive cherry. This was given to me by a new friend Therese, she knows her stuf Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Very aromatic with blackberry, plum, mocha, spice with plenty of acidity and smooth tannins. Well done. Drink now -89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Wine review by effell


  • Aconga Bonarda/Merlot 2014 is fantastic. Since discovering it a few months ago, it is the only wine I have been drinking. Excellent taste and at a good price. I highly recommend this wine.

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  • 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...

    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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