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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  • Hello,Just wondering what everyone thinks is the best varietal that goes with Indian foods (curry, etc.)? Any specific recommendations? Thank you! Read More

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  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006


    Very soft and smooth despite high alcohol content. Purple-ruby color with a tinge of maroon at the edges. Nose opens up with aeration, definitely vanilla and hoisin/Asian spice notes on nose and palate. Creamy with fig and dried fruit palate (no cherry/raspberry) and nice long finish. Went well with grilled chicken and veggies. A little heavy on... Read More

    Wine review by Val13

  • Don Cristobal 1492 Bonarda 2008


    Excellent red wine with slight woody taste but is offset by its wonderful fruity flavors, not too sweet or dry. Perfect for newcomers to red wine. Read More

    Wine review by mindfulness

  • Summer is my favorite season for many reasons but chief among them is the ... ... Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2006With a nice burger you really want a fairly fruity, simple wine with good acidity. Something that is fun to drink and rewarding without requiring too much effort to understand. The 2006 Crios Syrah/Bonarda, round and polish... Read More

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  • Crios Syrah Bonarda 2006


    Big plummy and earthy fruit tones on the nose with a touch of wet fur and some spice and herb stem tones, almost thyme some soapy floral notes too, round and polished in the mouth with some aggressive, extracted tannins, nice acidity yields a slightly rustic wine but the intensity of the flavors matches the wines red plummy fruit, a touch simple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tikal Malbec Blend Patriota 2006


    What's New in Booze - 9.2 out of 10The Medoza region is somewhat pf an oasis, ... ... also located in Mendoza. Bonarda is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina and when blended with the fuller-bodied Malbec you are in for quite a treat. This blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec offers aromas of bright cherry and red fruit with dark ... Read More

    Wine review by WhatsNewinBooze

  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2007


    Color: deep strong redNose: Green Pepper / raspberryMedium body Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006


    Oaky, artificial is dominant. GDP says, "This wine is like a mouse trap. Nice blend of fruit and oak, with good tannins, which is the cheese. But when you try and get that cheese the trap springs and ends up tasting like crap." That is an exact quote! Not a very pleasant wine, but it was free for me. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer

  • Amalaya de Colome Argentina 2006


    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


    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

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