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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  • 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


  • 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


  • Serrera Bonarda 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • 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?


  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Maipe Bonarda 2011

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