Bonarda could well deserve a bit more attention. It is actually the second most grown “quality” grape in Argentina. (Argentinean grape statistics is sometimes a bit confusing, just like Argentinean inflation statistics. Often it does not include grapes that are not considered to be “quality” grapes, like e.g. criolla and cereza. But sometimes they are included.)
Bonarda makes eminently drinkable wines, excellent every-day wines, and sometimes very good wines. We had plenty of occasions to try that on the wine tour to Argentina. But rarely they reach the summit. But perhaps that will come too. What is considered as suitable grapes to make top quality wines has a tendency to change over time, and with the talent of the winemakers.
But perhaps we should not call bonarda bonarda at all…
Read more on BKWine in Per’s article on Magazine: Argentina’s second grape variety is…. bonarda. But it is not.
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