Common synonyms: Croatina, Bonarda Piemontese, Uva Rara, Bonardo Novarese

History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s Bonarda is another person’s Charbono. The story begins in Italy, where this grape has three offshoots: The Bonarda grape planted in north central Italy in Otrepo Pavese and Colli Piacentini is known there as Croatina. When one sees “Bonarda” on an Italian wine, chances are it is this grape, which originated in Croatia, hence the name. Then there is the Bonarda known as Uva Rara (Bonardo Novarese) grown in Piedmont. Finally, the Bonarda known as Bonarda Piemontese, which is also from Piedmont, but very rarely seen, however, this is considered the “true” Bonarda.

A grape known as Bonarda has become one of the top two most popular red grapes in Argentina (next to Malbec). However, that grape is believed to really be Charbono (Corbeau in France), and not related to the Italian Read more »

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  • Via Revolucionaria! Bonarda Pura 2016


    Very floral Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Old Winery Mendoza Argentina Bonarda 2016


    Wow! what a wonderful rendition of a great variety: a very unique flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • The only grapes that I can for sure figure out is the Zin (of course), syrah, ... ... sauvignon and charbono (bonarda) are used also.  The charbono I get - I do like, especially the Lamadrid from Argentina; but the cabby I missed out on totally.  Maybe the time in the bottle melded things.But yeah - I like it better after 5 years.1 Read More

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  • La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 2014


    Here the blend is based on between 55-70 percent Barbera and 30-45 ... (known locally as Bonarda). The wines tend to be softly flavored and well rounded with distinctive cherry. This was given to me by a new friend Therese, she knows her stuf Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Tilia Bonarda 2015


    Very aromatic with blackberry, plum, mocha, spice with plenty of acidity and smooth tannins. Well done. Drink now -89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Tilia Bonarda 2015


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    Wine review by effell

  • Had a little going away party for a friend that is moving to Jefferson City, ... ... to right - the Tilia Bonarda 2015 was aromatic to the extreme and drank smoothly - dark berry fruits, chocolate, earth, moderate tannins and good acidity.  The 1.5 ltr 2013 Saint Cosme went perfect with spinach, sausage, ricotta ravioli and sides.  It had the... Read More

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  • Last entry for this week's activities:L to R - The 2014 Siduri Santa Lucia ... 2014 Tikal Patriota Malbec/Bonarda.AL - This is the brother to the Tikal Malbec/Syrah you had at your part Read More

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  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013


    Well built and a perfect foil to steak. Large darkberry fruit than smooth and easy to drink. A small nuance of chocolate, oak teaming with framing tannins and acidity. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... the ... than expected:The bonarda was bigger and loaded with dark berry fruit, chewy tannins, mocha. The malbec was floral, spicey with plenty of fruit.  Both are worth the money for every day drinking.Wines of the night from SA:Both from Chile.  The Montes Syra... Read More

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  • Aconga Bonarda/Merlot 2014 is fantastic. Since discovering it a few months ago, it is the only wine I have been drinking. Excellent taste and at a good price. I highly recommend this wine.

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  • Bonarda is a real Argentinean PowerHouse! Check out the Caligoire Reserve Organic Bonarda for one packed with flavor for a great value price! It has this great Cherry Cola note that you will love!

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  • I am in the Military and when I was in Germany I bought some wine and it was the best I have ever tasted. I saved the bottle for my retirement ceremony. I loved it more now than I did when I bought it in 2006. I toaseted with several other friends and they wanted more, but I only had the one bottle. I would like to know how I can get a coup...

    Comment by 518821cjscrapy 518821 cjscrapy

  • According to their website, the Julia Wine #16 is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Bonarda blend whereas their #18 is straight Bonarda. I'm trying a bottle tonight!

    Comment by 278747Evelyn64 278747 Evelyn64

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