Altos 'Colonia Las Liebres' Bonarda 2017
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Item Number: 15629
James Suckling 92
"Bold and super-fresh (slight reduction) this is an extremely expressive red with attractive cherry, blueberry, herbal and savory notes. You need to like tannins and acidity to get excited about this, but their interplay is exciting. A great food wine. Drink or hold."
Wine Advocate 90
"Always one of the best values in Argentina and a flagship of the variety and winery, the 2017 Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Clásica is an easy-to-drink, juicy wine from parral vines in Luján de Cuyo. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in concrete vats to allow the grape to keep its full personality without any contact with oak. It's characterful and has the varietal personality, a little rustic, with juicy fruit and a chewy texture, really good with food, a lightish wine of thirst. This wine clearly overdelivers for the price. 20,880 bottles produced. It was bottled between August and December 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.
a unique varietal - This is a medium body wine with a great color, no oak and pure taste of the varietal Bonarda. pairs well with light meals.
Posted by James on 9/7/18 [Verified]
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
Posted by Poppy on 2/2/17 [Verified]
Posted by Anonymous on 2/2/17 [Verified]
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