The second most planted grape in Argentina, Bonarda originates from Savoie, France where it is known as Douce Noir, or Charbono in Napa Valley. Although it was believed that Bonarda and Dolcetto shared similar DNA, they have no similarities and shouldn’t be confused with the Italian versions of Bonarda. Known for its complex notes of fruit and sweet spice, Bonarda wines are normally medium-bodied and low in tannins. Bonarda pairs well with brisket, bacon burgers, and barbeque fare.
Owned by the Falasco family, Bodegas Los Haroldos started in 1939 when Octavio Falasco emigrated to Argentina and sold his wine from a bike. Over time, he bought land in East Mendoza, located in high altitudes that help produce fine wines like the Estate Bottled Bonarda 2020 that is a classic, rich, intensely fruity red wine. The wine bursts with aromas of ripe strawberries, blackberries, and black cherry, with hints of smoke. On the palate, the wine is round and smooth, with supple tannins and a refreshing, slightly spicy finish.
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