Altos 'Colonia Las Liebres' Bonarda 2015
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Item Number: 15629
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"I had not crossed paths with this wine in a while, so I was looking forward to tasting the 2015 Bonarda Colonia Las Liebres, a sure value and very representative of the grape. It's produced from their own estate vineyards. They aim for a fresher expression of the variety here, with fine-grained tannins, blending grapes from different zones in the province; the grapes are fermented in stainless steel and kept in cement vats, never in contact with oak. 2015 was very warm towards the end of the cycle, and the harvest was 15 days earlier than anticipated. The nose is clean and the palate is soft, a light Bonarda without any oak, a juicy, fresh and easy to drink expression of the variety. It was harvested early and not extracted. The price is almost unbelievable; one to buy by the case."
"Bright cherry red with garnet borders. Red fruits, spiced violets, and floral on the nose. Fresh, balanced, good acidity, soft tannins.” –Guía Peñín 2017"
100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from pergola vineyards located in Luján de Cuyo (Mendoza), at 800 m. The area has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. We choose deep, fresh soils with low fertility to control vigor, delay ripening, and avoid hydrological stress. These are sandy loams where the clay component provides mineral nutrients and water retention, while the sand component prevents the silt and clay part from compacting excessively, and guarantees water drainage.
Vinified in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of 10 days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack-and-return for a gentle extraction. The wine is aged in concrete pools, receiving no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the grape.
This wine shows the other side of argentine Bonarda. Showing a typical bright ruby color, however in the nose and palate it has very differential notes. Spicy aromas, with lots of fresh red fruit notes, especially cherries. It has a balanced acidity that makes it fresh and juicy in the mouth, where the red fruits become crispy. The fine tannins provide a long and pleasant finish. It pairs well with any cuisine.
Excellent value, Needs to breathe - Saw this recommended in the Wall Street Journal, a very good value for frequent enjoyment, but does need to breathe
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