Bonarda, 2010. Juana Del Sol

Bonarda, 2010. Juana Del Sol

Item #: L0814R1IA
Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Bonarda
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Bright purple
Nose: Tobacco, blackberry and plum
Palate: Leather and earth mixed with lots of blackberry
Finish: Concentrated with soft tannins and vanilla
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2017/Alcohol - 14%

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Fincas de la Juanita is a family-owned winery and vineyards located on a 100 year-old property in Tres Portenas Mendoza, Argentina. The families that have come together for this venture have been in the grape and wine producing business for more than 20 years, although the property has vines dating back more than 50 years.

Tres Portenas is located East of the city of Mendoza, in the lower Mendoza River Valley. It is a desert-type region irrigated by Andean snow and ice thawing to flow down into the Rio Mendoza. Rainfall is less than four inches per year so the soil is alluvial shaped by the action of water and wind.

This is a region of contrasts were the desert co-exist with the vineyards. Fincas de la Juanita preserves the environment by producing grapes and wines with minimum interference.

Their extensive vineyard area consists of more than 300 acres including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes. They majestically sit nearly 2,000 feet above sea level where the temperatures are cooler but the sun is brighter.

Unlike North America, where explorers and early settlers found grapes growing in abundance, South America depended on the Spanish colonizers for imported European vines. The vine probably arrived in Argentina by four different routes. The first was directly from Spain in 1541 when vines are thought to have been cultivated, without great success, on the Atlantic Coast. An expedition from Peru also imported vines to Argentina, another came from Chile in 1556, just two years after the vine was introduced to Chile's Central Valley.

Bonarda actually came from France where for generations it was thought to be Merlot. When grape tracking became more scientific in the 20th Century, it was discovered as a different grape and immediately thought to be inferior. Don't tell the Argentinians because they seem to have made it a winner.

Our selection offers aromas of blackberry and plum with hints of chocolate and vanilla. It rounds out with oak and tannins to offer the perfect balance of flavors and textures. Try with a classic Argentine barbecued pulled pork sandwich lathered with the classic accompaniment of chimichurri sauce, a finely ground blend of parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil and white wine vinegar.

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