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Bonarda

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Not the same grape as Bonarda from Italy, this Bonarda (aka Charbono or Douce Noir) grows alongside Malbec in Argentina where it produces equally fruity, smooth red wines.

Primary Flavors

  • Plum Sauce
  • Cherry
  • Cardamom
  • Fig Paste
  • Graphite

Taste Profile

Bone-dry

Medium-full Body
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Medium-high Tannins

Medium Acidity

11.5–13.5% ABV

Handling

  • SERVE
    60–68°F / 15-20°C

  • GLASS TYPE
    Universal

  • DECANT
    30 Minutes

  • CELLAR
    5–10 Years

Food Pairing

A popular choice from Argentina, try Bonarda with locally inspired fare including mole sauces, curried potatoes, empanadas, and tacos al pastor.

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