Best Bonarda Wine

Bonarda shares its name with a few other grapes, but the most popular Bonarda in the North American market comes from Argentina where it is the second-most planted grape variety, just behind Malbec. The Bonarda grape is also grown in California where it is goes by the name of Charbono, and is thought to originate from the Loire region Jura in France where it has the name of Douce Noir or Corbeau or Charbonneau among several other names. 

Bonarda from Piedmont, Italy, is known as Bonarda di Chieri or Bonarda del Monferrato, but is mostly used to add more aroma to a Barbera wine.  Then there is Bonarda dell'Oltrepò Pavese from the Lombardy region in Italy that uses the grape's synonym Croatina and Uva Rara. 
                                               
Bonarda is a late-ripening grape variety that requires a large shift in temperature from day to night, so that the wine reaches high enough sugar levels without overheating and creating a stewed wine. The Mendoza Valley in Argentina is ideal for creating this climate for the grape and is where the majority of the plantings are. 

My reviews of these Bonarda red wines are updated weekly. These Bonarda red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Bonarda wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Bonarda in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.
 

Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2007
Mendoza, Argentina
A juicy-ripe red with rich black fruit, licorice, blueberry, coconut, dark spices and vanilla smoke. The vines for this wine were 20 years old, and the wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Good firm tannins. Decant for 1-2 hours. Bonarda food pairings: tomato-sauce dishes, pasta, steak, ribs, meat casserole. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.95 Score: 90/100

This Bonarda was reviewed October 10, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2007
Mendoza, Argentina
A powerfully concentrated, rich and supple blend of Malbec (72%), Bonarda (16%) and Syrah (12%). Aromas of blackberries, black plums and mocha. This winery's name is for the three winds that blow through the Mendoza region of Argentina: Polar, Zonda and Sudestada (Southeast). The name of the wine means "beloved on," and refers to the fact that Malbec came from Bordeaux originally but fell in love with Argentina. Malbec, the country's flagship red grape, adds complexity and concentration, while Bonardo brings balancing acidity to the table and Syrah adds fruit freshness. In my Drinks Matcher (www.nataliemaclean.com/matcher), I pair this wine with many savory meat and spicy dishes. A wonderful combination! This wine will be included in the Vintages October 24, 2009 release, but you may find it elsewhere before then. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 91/100

This Malbec Bonarda Syrah was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah 2005
Mendoza, Argentina
Vintages Wine Panel: Trivento is a producer of quality, value-priced wines. This wine is a juicy, rich Malbec that is bolstered by smaller amounts of Bonarda and Syrah. The aromas and flavors suggest dark plum notes followed by smoke and vanilla. The blend creates a rich, dense wine with a pleasing amount of depth. My note: A simple, purple-colored and delicious wine to quaff. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 86/100

This Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah was reviewed September 29, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

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Yauquen Bodega Ruca Malen Bonarda 2012
Mendoza, Argentina
Lots of campfire smoke and mocha on this robust red wine from generous oak aging. Black fruit, smoke and tar notes through the core. Cries out for a rare steak. Bonarda food pairings: steak fajitas. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2017  Smart Buy Wine  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Bonarda was reviewed January 4, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 360115  644 in stock
 

Chakana Yaguareté Collection Bonarda 2010
Mendoza, Argentina
Full-bodied and smooth with dark plum aromas. Great party wine. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $12.95 Score: 85/100

This Bonarda was reviewed April 14, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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The Mendoza climate allows Bonarda to develop black cherry and blackberry aromas, with notes of anise and leather. Bonarda is a big, dark, full-bodied wine that still manages to keep its alcohol levels low making it an ideal pairing for white meat like pork and chicken.  Researched by Lesley Quinn