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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  • Ichanka 2010

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    what a wonderful ancient variety, warm, smooth, a smidge acrid, but with a sense of days gone by. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve Mendoza 2012

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    Decent Malbec. Tannic, fruity, mild. Had with Ken at Anthem BOS in Dec 2013. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Elena Red Blend 2009

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    I like it ! Read More

    Wine review by bidibibu


  • Benmarco Malbec 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • In yesterday’s Argentine Wine 101 article I gave a brief rundown as to ... ... $20 70% Malbec, 30% Bonarda Fairly vanilla oaky on the nose but also nicely rosemary stemmy with intriguing herb notes helping to add complexity to the plummy and candied black cherry fruits of the nose. This is very broad on entry, and shows attractive transparency... Read More

    From the article Argentine Malbec


  • Mora Negra Valle de Pedernal 2009

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    70% Malbec, 30% BonardaFairly vanilla oaky on the nose but also nicely rosemary stemmy with intriguing herb notes helping to add complexity to the plummy and candied black cherry fruits of the nose. This is very broad on entry, and shows attractive transparency on the palate with modest tannins and well integrated acidity supporting fresh plummy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Posta Bonarda 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Finca las Moras Bonarda 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • We're going to grill a steak, tonigh.  What better than to look at an ... ... me that it is a Malbec/Bonarda blend.  First taste is darned impressive.Happy Tuesday to all.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Finca las Moras Mora Negra 2007

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    Inky dark color--very cool. Somewhat astringent nose--certainly some oak, and blueberry hints. Lots of fun on the palate. There is fruit--blueberry--but, thankfully, it does not give it that sweet characteristic. Some earthiness. Some tannin. This wine can sit a few years, although, I don't feel bad about opening it right now. A friend of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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