Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Notro Sangiovese - Bonarda 2008 Argentina

This really interesting blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Bonarda from Mendoza region of Argentina. Medium bodied with aromas of ripe red berries, and a forest floor lushness. The flavors are soft and tannins are supple with a long silky finish. Found this for about $10 at The Wine Room of Forest Hills. 13% alcohol.

From Wikipedia
Bonarda is a name applied to several different grape varieties used to make red wine :

Charbono of California is widely grown in Argentina as Bonarda. It originates in Savoie, where it is known as Corbeau or Douce Noir ("Sweet Black"), but is not the same as Piedmont's Dolcetto.

This grape is known in Italy as Dolce Nero ("Sweet Black") and it is believed that the same translations of these two grape names has led to the frequently-quoted statement that they are the same grape. Dolcetto ripens early and makes a light, fruity wine, while Charbono is very late to ripen and makes wines of great substance. Bonarda Piemontese is grown in Piedmont, around Turin, and makes a light, fruity wine. It may be labelled as Bonarda dell'Astigiano, Bonarda di Chieri, Bonarda di Gattinara or Bonarda del Monferrato.

Croatina grown in Lombardy, around Pavia, is known as Bonarda dell'Oltrepò Pavese, making a mildly tannic wine similar in style to Dolcetto.

Uva Rara is called Bonarda Novarese in Novara and Vercelli.

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