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Argento Bonarda 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Aromas of dried strawberries and sweet quince as well as lavender. This is a soft, full-bodied, fruity, pure bonarda (charbono) with...
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El Enemigo Bonarda 2011 750ml

Rated 93 - n earthy and decadent wonder with spicy and funky character. Full body, long finish. Best bonarda in Argentina. Awesome. Charbono is...
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Familia Zuccardi Emma 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2012 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda, named after Sebastian's grandmother, is a blend from different zones (63% from the traditional...

Bonarda Mendoza

When it comes to Argentinian wines, one region stands head and shoulders above the rest. The high altitude wine region of Mendoza has been producing high quality wines for some time now, and has established itself as one of the premier homes of New World viticulture, thanks to its combination of bold, Latin American approaches to winemaking coupled with a European flair for excellence and finesse.

Today, the Mendoza accounts for almost two-thirds of the Argentinian wine output, making it a dominating force in the country’s industry, and wines from Mendoza are exported all over the world. Its success comes from several factors - not least for the fact that it is one of the oldest and most well established New World wine regions, having been planted in the mid 19th century and allowed to develop from heritage vines of the finest European specimens. The altitude is certainly a key factor when it comes to Mendoza. The average elevation of vineyards in this region is 1000 metres above sea level, a factor which creates almost unparalleled consistency in climatic conditions, allowing the vintners to regulate their growing and harvesting for optimum effect.

Mendoza is primarily a Malbec producer, although Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay varietal grapes are also grown here to great effect. The Malbec grapes of Argentina tend to have a higher level of expression and flavor than those in its native France, because Mendoza Malbec grows in smaller bunches, with smaller, more intensely charactered berries.