2008 Lamadrid Bonarda Reserva Mendoza

SKU #1063559

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Single vineyard estate fruit; scorched earth, balsamic, herbs, black fruits, awesome value." (10/10) Little known fact about Bonarda in Argentina - it is actually the same grape variety as Charbono here in California. So if you are a fan of big, sturdy wines, with robust, saturated purple colors and lots of flavor as well as character, you will probably enjoy this effort from Mendoza. Try this Bonarda and enjoy the big, intense, mulberry and plum fruit, with nicely balanced, savory meaty notes, and just a hint of a rustic "sauvage" quality. Before you know it, you'll be occasionally venturing away from Malbec and drinking much more of this stuff, just as they do in Argentina.

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- Charbono is a mysterious red varietal from California, found mainly in the Napa Valley, known for high tannins and high acidity. While its origins are unknown, some suggest it may be related to Italy's Dolcetto, while others claim its origins are more likely to be the rare French variety Corbeau.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.