Bonarda is Argentina’s Next Red

Bonarda is a stealthy red wine option from Argentina that we think is going to make a big splash in the coming years. It’s actually a surprise that we’ve missed it until now as it’s Argentina’s second most widely planted red grape! Find out more about this delightful red wine and why you might even prefer it to Malbec.

TIP: Bonarda from Argentina is not the same wine as Italian Bonarda. Argentina’s Bonarda is actually a grape called Douce Noir (“doose nwar”). See the notes below to understand the difference between the two.

Argentina Bonarda Taste Profile

Douce Noir Wine Taste and Grape Profile by Wine Folly

Bonarda wines are at first very fruity on the nose, with notes of black cherry compote, fresh blueberry, and plum. Then, they become more complex, giving off nuanced aromas of violets, 5-spice, allspice, and peonies. Finally, depending on whether or not the wine was oaked (though most aren’t), they may have slight smoky notes of cigar box, sweet figs, and chocolate. On the palate, Bonarda has an initial burst of fruitiness, a medium-body, juicy acidity, and a smooth, low-tannin finish. It tastes like an exotic Merlot and it’s just as easy to drink.

(Source: Wine Folly)

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