Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2007
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.
Color: deep strong red Nose: Green Pepper / raspberry Medium body
Solid whine, good with steaks.
Berries and spice on the nose and full dark fruit flavors with light tannic finish. Very pleasant overall.
Great value, smooth finish, light-to-medium bodied and an all around solid performing wine.
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.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres
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.
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.
Round and fleshy, with tasty dark plum, blackberry and chocolate flavors. Fresh finish makes it easy to drink. Drink now.
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.
Juicy and forward, with succulent plum, blackberry, toast and briar flavors. Fleshy and sweet through the finish. Textbook Bonarda. Drink now.
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.
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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