Posted on April 15, 2013
Before the popularity of malbec exploded, bonarda was the most widely grown grape variety in Argentina. Like the French origins of malbec, bonarda is also a European transplant, this time from Italy’s Piedmont region. This variety was not typically bottled as a single variety and was used as the base for most bulk and table wines. With the soaring popularity of malbec, many wineries have taken another look at the bonarda and giving it the overdue attention they have lavished on other varieties. The results have been outstanding.
EH 19 Bonarda is made by one of Argentina’s best winemakers- Gabriela Celeste. Ms. Celeste is a protégé of arguably the planet’s best winemaker- Michel Rolland, and her talent and training are evident in this delicious red. Appealing ruby-purple color with an inviting fragrance of strawberry and mulberry. The palate is fresh and vibrant with plenty of delicious fruit and a touch of baking spices. The texture is medium to full in body, with enough grip to make this a terrific food wine. This is a great introduction to the Bonarda grape variety, try a bottle today.