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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  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006

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    Opaque ruby in the glass, this wine yields rather dark, decidedly dusty notes of tobacco, cigar box, Asian spiced, gamy, roasted black raspberries and vanilla on the nose with just a hint of violets. Round on entry with very soft tannins and good acidity supporting sweet flavors of balsamic herbs, wild raspberries, cocoa shavings and sweet fruit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2006

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    Plump bright juicy plum fruit with grippy tannins. The finish holds together and maintains a delicate edge as it fades away. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2006

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    Gamey but not overpowering aromas of spiced red fruit. A juicy, refreshing wine with great structure and firm chewy tannins finishing with a bit of licorice and dark chocolate resin. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Il Torchio Rosso Supremo 2007

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    Grape Variety 100% Bonarda/Croatina Typical of the Oltrepo Pavese region in northern Italy. It is ruby red in color and its bouquet reminiscent of blackberry jam. This medium-bodied red wine is produced from croatina grapes. It is dry and fruitful while mildly tannic. Rosso Supremo comes in a one liter bottle with an air tight swing cap that kee... Read More

    Wine review by bazziniwine


  • Notro Tinto de Montana 2007

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    By no means is it the best wine I've ever had, but it was VERY good. I would buy it again. I am a Sangiovese fan in general and I enjoyed the blend with a grape I don't see often. Read More

    Wine review by shoreluvwine


  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lmnopinot


  • Ben Marco Expresivo Mendoza 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by lmnopinot


  • Alma Negra Malbec Sparkling Rosé 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by beezbaby


  • Colonia las Liebres Mendoza Bonarda Best Value 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by thedude


  • Martilde Bonarda Oltrepò Pavese Ghiro Rosso d'Inverno NV

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    2000 vintage:big earthy, licorice and hints of thyme and cloves. decant. Read More

    Wine review by tonic12247


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