Over the last few months we have been having a lot of fun exploring the different Bonarda wines of Argentina. We simply had to share our experience with one we recently tried, and look forward highlighting several others within the next few days.
Haven’t heard of Bonarda? Most haven’t! Bonarda is a very rare grape varietal and produces wines which have the deep color, tannins and intensity of heavy wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec yet exhibit high acidity on the palate. Those accustomed to drinking heavier wines like Cabernet and Malbec are usually taken aback by the wine’s surprisingly high acidity and bright fruits. Do we recommend trying it? Absolutely. Why not take every opportunity possible to expand your palate?
Familia Zuccardi’s Bonarda exhibits aromas of ripe red fruits such as strawberries, cherries and raspberries mixed with secondary spiced aromas. The palate is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, touches of dried fruits, and a refreshing balanced finished. The wine would pair well with Italian sausage, pastas or dishes with tomato-based sauces and dates.
Zuccardi are one of the older family-run bodegas in Argentina and their wines can be found in many U.S. wine stores. This Bonarda comes from their Santa Rosa vineyard 85 kilometers to the east of Mendoza (practically a desert site with less than 20cm of rain all year!) that has been cultivated by the Zuccardis since 1973.