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Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2007

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This label was created by consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini and his partners at Altos Las Hormigas for the production of Bonarda. Bonarda vines were brought to Argentina by Piemontese immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century and were traditionally planted with Barbera. Over the years, growers have slowly replaced the Barbera with Bonarda and now many of the old vineyards are 100% Bonarda. Grapes for this wine were grown in 30 year old high-trellised vineyards in Los Campamentos, Rivadavia. Night time temperatures are 2°C lower than the rest of the eastern area, allowing the aromatic qualities in the grapes to develop fully. Deep red in colour, with youthful purple lights. On the nose the Bonarda has fresh, red fruit perfumes, with hints of plums and forest fruit. Unoaked, the fruit characters are allowed to shine through on the palate, with flavours of spicy plums and blackberries, supported by rounded ripe tannins and a youthful acidity.

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Altos las Hormigas:
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 p... Read more
The property is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level, facing the Andes range in the East, protected westward by a minor geological fold. The estate's total area is 206 hectares, 45 of which planted. The only varietal planted is Malbec, clones are obtained from careful field selection. The vineyards have a density of over 4,000 plants per hectare, and were planted between 1996 and 1999, free of root stock and raised with the guyot method. At the heart of the property stands the 2,000 square meter cellar with its capacity for 16,000 hectolitres plus approximately 900 hectolitre capacity in small oak. Completed in 2001, the cellar was designed to have minimal impact on the territory, respecting the local traditional architecture. Inside, however, it is designed to achieve the very best technical conditions, such as temperature control, hygienic impeccability and a streamlined functionality with respect to all wine making processes. Indeed, sobriety and functionality have been our guidelines in every respect. Read less

Member Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres

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Snooth User: Degrandcru
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3.50 5
07/29/2009

Color: deep strong red Nose: Green Pepper / raspberry Medium body


Snooth User: wolszczak
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3.00 5
01/30/2010

Solid whine, good with steaks.


Snooth User: Blinky
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2.50 5
07/12/2014

Berries and spice on the nose and full dark fruit flavors with light tannic finish. Very pleasant overall.


Snooth User: WuJuice
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3.50 5
03/25/2009

Great value, smooth finish, light-to-medium bodied and an all around solid performing wine.


Snooth User: scotchlife
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4.00 5
02/23/2009

This wine is dark, dark, purple, almost black, and the bouquet is kicking off more than my nose can handle after an hour and a half, in a good way. This is a rich wine, well balanced with tannins firm and up front, I think I noticed the tannins before the taste settled in. I am fairly sure that this is the first time I've had a pure Bonarda wine and it will not soon be forgotten. This is definitely a wine to pop and enjoy all evening, with some good Italian fare of course.


Snooth User: Live Slow
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3.50 5
10/14/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A thoroughly delicious red, with mouthfilling plum and sweet spice flavors backed by a long, juicy, well-rounded finish. The good dash of grip should help it stand up to summerandrsquo;s grilled foods. Drink now.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A Beaujolais Nouveau-style of bonarda, this offers super-fresh cherry and blackberry aromas supported by floral notes and a touch of green spice. Soft and light, this makes an excellent partner for planked salmon.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Round and fleshy, with tasty dark plum, blackberry and chocolate flavors. Fresh finish makes it easy to drink. Drink now.


External Review
05/19/2011

Red-ruby. Dusty red cherry, graphite and licorice on the nose. Sweet berry flavors are nicely shaped by bright, harmonious acidity. Nicely restrained wine, with a firmly tannic finish and good cut and persistence.


External Review
05/19/2011

Juicy and forward, with succulent plum, blackberry, toast and briar flavors. Fleshy and sweet through the finish. Textbook Bonarda. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

I assumed Bonarda from Argentina was the same as Italian Bonarda, but in the world of wine, sometimes things aren't so simple. Turns out that Italian Bonarda isn't one grape, but three... and two of those are actually other misnamed grape varieties. Bonarda from Argentina probably has more to do with Charbono from California, which is likely related to Dolcetto from - you guessed it - Italy. Regardless of its origin, this Bonarda tastes great. It boasts a deep ruby hue complemented by fresh aromas of blackberry jam, plums and violets. Similar flavors abound, coupling with a spicy component and whispers of red berry fruit. Aged exclusively in stainless steel, there is no oak to distract you from the wine's purity, but the rich extraction is still in full force. Few wines will compare at this price.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

If you're already familiar with Argentine Bonarda, this wine will make you feel as though you've landed on another planet. It comes from 30-year-old vines planted in two areas within Mendoza; one in the cool heights of Uco Valley, and the other toward the hot plains of the east, in Rivadavia. The combination results in a massive red with a roasted black fruit aroma that almost takes you to the Rhone, its firm, tense tannins and vibrant acidity providing a solid structure that suggests a brilliant future. A hedonistic pleasure, and a true steal for the price.


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This label was created by consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini and his partners at Altos Las Hormigas for the production of Bonarda. Bonarda vines were brought to Argentina by Piemontese immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century and were traditionally planted with Barbera. Over the years, growers have slowly replaced the Barbera with Bonarda and now many of the old vineyards are 100% Bonarda. Grapes for this wine were grown in 30 year old high-trellised vineyards in Los Campamentos, Rivadavia. Night time temperatures are 2°C lower than the rest of the eastern area, allowing the aromatic qualities in the grapes to develop fully. Deep red in colour, with youthful purple lights. On the nose the Bonarda has fresh, red fruit perfumes, with hints of plums and forest fruit. Unoaked, the fruit characters are allowed to shine through on the palate, with flavours of spicy plums and blackberries, supported by rounded ripe tannins and a youthful acidity.

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