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Trapiche Broquel - 2009 Bonarda

As terrific as it is to have new names in wine to sample, it’s important to have some standbys. When it comes to wines from Argentina, Trapiche is one of the names I have come to rely on. Regardless of price point they consistently bring a quality wine to market that offers bang for the buck. Today I’ll look at the current vintage of Bonarda from their Broquel line. Trapiche Broquel 2009 Bonarda is a single vineyard effort. The fruit was sourced at the Santa Rosa Vineyard which is within the winery’s estate in Mendoza. This vineyard sits at an elevation o 3,000 feet. The fruit was hand harvested. After sorting and destemming it was macerated and fermented in small concrete vats for approximately 25 days. Barrel aging took place over 12 months in a combination of new French and American oak. This wine is available nationally and most often sells for right around $15.

Deep, dark plum aromas flow with conviction from the nose of this Bonarda. The palate is substantial in weight, loaded with black and purple fruits. Raspberries, cherries, plums and blueberries are all present. Hints of smoked meat are present as well as copious quantities of spice. Vanilla and sour blackberry flavors emerge on the finish which has above average length. Excellent acidity balances the hefty palate and bold fruits. This wine is a natural partner for a particularly wide array of foods. It’s also quite enjoyable on its own. This is one of many well priced, wines from Trapiche that deliver consistent value and quality.

Finca La Linda - 2007 Bonarda

Argentina has long been one of my favorite countries to look towards for wine. They’ve shown over time that there are a wide array of offerings being made in divergent styles and at many different price levels. Right around $10, which I think of as entry level, is where I jumped in when I was first drinking Argentine wines. To this day it’s a category that fascinates me. When I find a wine that speaks to me in that price range its very satisfying. Today I’ll look at an example from Finca La Linda. This offshoot of Luigi Bosca Winery produced a line of varietal wines.

The Finca La Linda 2007 Bonarda is produced using fruit sourced in the Maipu section of Mendoza. This offering is 100% Bonarda. Barrel aging was accomplished in American oak. This selection has a suggested retail price of $10.99.

Aromas of red plum are underscored by hints of smoked meat in the nose of this 2007 Bonarda. The palate is marked by fleshy red fruit notes alongside little reference points to apricot. Black olive, pomegranate, and dusty dark chocolate are all part of the finish. This wine has good balance and sufficient acidity. It drinks nicely on its own but really works best with food. A Corned Beef and Pastrami sandwich would be a perfect match; that said red meats in general are a safe bet. If meat isn't your thing, grab a loaf of crusty bread, and some hard cheese to pair alongside this tasty wine.

One of the things I really enjoy is introducing friends to varietals they’re unfamiliar with. There is lots of fun to be had in discovery. Bonarda falls into that unknown category for a lot of folks. While more examples are on our shelves then a decade ago it’s still far from a household name. For $10.99, less if you shop around this example from Finca La Linda is a nice place to start.

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