Friday, August 1, 2014

August Wine Pick: Colonia Las Liebres 2013 Bonarda Classica

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.

Bonarda is the primary blending grape in Argentina and there's usually significant amounts in Malbec. Somehow the Argentinians thought they were growing the Bonarda Piemontese grape from northern Italy but it turns out it's actually the Douce Noir grape from eastern France. They kept the name and now are starting to make great Bonarda varietal wines.

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda is from Mendoza, the hub region of the Argentinian wine industry, right up against the Andes Mountains.

The first thing I smell on this wine are roses, followed by Andes chocolate mints (coincidence?), licorice, and tomato with pepper lingering in the background. From a complex nose it goes right into a robust, super-juicy fruit-bomb. The mouth starts off with tart cranberry and smooths out into smooth plum and dark cherries. The finish is spicy with tangy acidity and flavors of chocolate and basil. When all of that finally goes away, the very last flavor left standing in your mouth is mint... and it sticks around for awhile.

This is an awesome barbecue wine. Sometimes those other BBQ wines like Cabernet, Malbec and Zinfandel don't pair so well with hot weather. This Bonarda is still a big boy but the tannin and alcohol aren't going to make you sweat any more than you have to. In my personal opinion it's phenomenal with string-cheese.

Price: $9
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this review.


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