About Bonarda Red Wine

About Bonarda Red Wine
Bonarda is an Italian red grape whose ancestral home is in the northern Italian provinces of Lombardy and Piedmont. While it does little in its native Italy nowadays, it can be quite something in Argentina, where Italian immigrants brought the vine in the 1800s. The region of Mendoza has large blocks of old vine vineyards that produce deeply hued, intensely fruited wines with attractive acidity and soft tannins. They make for beautiful early drinking reds and are tremendous values. In California, this same strain of Bonarda is known as Charbono and can produce similarly dramatic, if under-appreciated, wines.

Top Picks for Bonarda

Inkarri 2018 Estate Bottled Bonarda
85 points
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry, pickled garlic, tomato, black tea, and allspice with a slightly chewy, racy, dryish medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with crunchy tannins. A high-acid Bonarda with lots of character on the nose; a nice choice for pairing with rich foods.
85 points $13.99
Algodon Wine Estates 2014 Estate Bonarda
84 points
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red plum, strawberry, cassis, fennel, and sun dried tomato with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A table-friendly red for weeknight pairings.