Amaicha Bonarda (2005)

Amaicha Bonarda 2005While I was attending a conference in Austin, Texas, Tom found a need to stop at Trader Joe’s to peruse the wine selection. He bought a dozen bottles, and this Amaicha Bonarda 2005 was one of them.

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.

3 Responses to “Amaicha Bonarda (2005)”

  1. ramona Says:

    I find the review of Amaicha Bonarda confusing, because you mention that you bought it at Trader Joe’s in Austin, TX. There is no Trader Joe’s in Austin.


  2. Judith L. Farley Says:

    yes, WOW ! A wonderful wine ! truly different, and lovely.

  3. Tom & Melody Says:

    So glad you enjoyed it Judith! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    (Ramona — regarding your comment above, Tom purchased this wine at the Trader Joe’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan while I was away in Austin. I can see why that was confusing.)

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