Category Archives: Bonarda

2008 Colonia las Liebres Bonarda

One of the treasures of the trip to Mendoza, Bonarda is originally from Italy. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black plum, blackberry, marionberry, clove, anise, mint, herbs, very perfumey and floral, not earthy, and very little oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, black fruit, blue fruit, spices, and nice length to the finish. This wine is a very balanced pretty wine with a true medium- body, perhaps a bit more than a rich Pinot Noir, but no-where near a full bodied Merlot. Enjoy with pork, chicken, or any of the wild birds, or pasta.    

2006 Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda

Please decant this wine. Advertised as unoaked, I feel like this isn’t an attractive enough wine to go without makeup. Their Malbec is killer, this Bonarda has a bit of bitter pomegranite fruit, and too tart of an acidity to be taken for real. To me this was more like a Beaujolais than anything else. On the nose, aroma, lots of cottoncandy, medicinal herbs, licorice, blackberry, dirt, chalk, and bark. Inrtiguing nose, but smelling like a cheap Aussie Shiraz. On the palate, med- intensity, high acidity, no oak, no earth, and unripe fruit. I don’t know what to eat with this wine that might help it be a bit less tart.