This is the first time I have tasted a wine from the Bonarda grape. It is bursting with fruit while, at the same time, dry and full of body. Very smooth on the palate with a pleasant, spicy aroma. We’ll have this with a stir-fry chicken and broccoli tonight. One might think this is too strong a wine for chicken, but because the chicken is marinating in spicy szechuan sauce, I think it will be just fine. This is a drinkable and pleasant big wine at a great price ($4.99). Nice shopping, love of my life!
Tom: This Amaicha Bonarda 2005 is quite interesting. The Bonarda grape is from the northeastern Piedmont region of Italy and is widely grown in Argentina. This wine is tannic, has a strong berry-fruit flavor, and has a strong, slightly astringent quality (as though it has strong alcohol, although it’s a normal 13%.). We always love tasting wines from South America but particularly while Tony and George are traveling there. They are in Brazil now, in Rio de Janeiro.