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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2005

BonardaHere's something I'll bet you didn't know: The most widely-planted grape in Argentina isn't Malbec, but Bonarda. And when Bonarda — which originally came from Italy under the name Corbeau, Douce Noir or Dolcetto — goes to California, it changes its name to Charbono.

OK, too much information, I know. All I'm really trying to do is tell you about the Colonia Las Liebres (Colony of the Hares) Bonarda 2005. It's made by Altos Las Hormigas (the High Ants, I guess), and starts with a plummy nose accented with vanilla, then moves into cherry and spice on the medium- to full-bodied palate. There's a bit of tannin on the finish, which is pleasantly long — and all this for just about $8! (It does throw off a bit of sediment, so watch that last pour.) This wine is good by itself, and would be just great with grilled meat, burgers or pizza.
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:58 PM


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