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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  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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  • Bought a couple of bottles from Sth. America,On the left is the Maipe Reserve Bonarda 2013.  I like the sturdy build of Bonarda and Maipe makes good quailty wines.  Bodegas Noemia makes some great wines.  Their Malbe from Patagonia is the more elegant side of the grape - only 13.5% alc with great fruit. Read More

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  • Amour - I do believe everyone enjoyed their small glass of the dessert wine ... from Argentina of Malbec and Bonarda.Sunday evening was another night out on the town.  We had a performance of 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' at the nearby George Mason University, so we dined nearby at The Wine House, one of our local favorite restaurants.  I had t... Read More

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  • RBA - The wines from Uraguay interest me.  I've had tannat from there ... in my experience, but the Bonarda/Malbec blend of the Tikal is the one I really enjoy. The 2010 & 2012 were very good.  Just a note - the Tikal is made by the son of Old man Canten Read More

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  • That wine is a pretty decent wine. As to whether the wine really needed air, ... the same region, things like Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends of the three. Those tend to be ripe and fruity, so look for some wines from Barossa Valley in Australia. You won't find the same grapes necessarily, but the wines will be ripe and lush.... Read More

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  • Hello.  I am 38 years old and have typically always enjoyed wine.  I am trying to pay more attention to what I have been drinking.  Traditionally, I have purchase wine in the $10-$20 price range at Costco and have casually been drinking various wines, mainly reds in the winter and whites in the summer.  I recently tried some wine at a lower pric... Read More

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  • Trapiche Extravaganza 2014

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    This has a semi clear look that is burgundy/muddy purple in color....brown tinges around the rim. The aromas are of sweet plum and slight candied cherry/jammy aromas....dry on the finish. The flavors are quite delectable, with plenty of ripe red berry/black fruits, subtle baking spice and a finish that is Earthy dry. The mouthfeel is smooth, ... Read More

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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of ... serious, dark grapes.Oh, and Bonarda and Charbono - often mislabeled as each other.I would imagine that Ruché is the least common in the US. Back in the 90s there was a wine store near home that always carried it and it thought it was pretty common but it was only ... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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