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Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica 2019 – organic

Bonarda from Argentina

by Marla Kane

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica 2019 from Mendoza, Argentina is made with organic grapes, no oak, and costs about  $10 a bottle.  That’s what I call a trifecta!  Even better, the aroma of olives enticed me when I stole a sniff while it was decanting.  Being olive-obsessed, I was drawn immediately.   This bonarda is an inky dark plum color with a maroon halo and emits plums and sweet violets while also evoking the beach because of the briny aroma of the olives.  The first few sips bring minerals, cherries, plums, and a taste of sour candies.  After the fourth sip there is a silky, almost velvety sensation that spreads across the middle of my tongue.  It’s so lovely you don’t want it to ever end!   

We chilled a small portion of the bottle, but prefer to sip it at room temperature.     We find that a colder temperature on the palate takes away the range of flavors we were tasting when it’s warmer. 

We paired this Las Liebres Bonarda with cheeseburgers topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions.  A perfect match to bring out the complexities of this terrific red varietal.

About Author

After graduating from Brandeis University, Alison worked as a teacher at two op high schools in the country and spent her summers traveling the world. On one of her adventures, she visited Stellenbosch and Paarl in South Africa, which ignited a lifelong passion for learning about wine. In 2004, she worked as a Wine Consultant for the Traveling Vineyard and began to study wine more intensively. While working as a high tech recruiter, she completed her Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in the UK in 2018. Her wine travels have taken her to the wine growing regions of the US, Europe, Africa and Australia. Alison is a member of the Boston Sommelier Society, a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and is a Wine, Travel and Lifestyle Media Influencer. She recently created and released her successful wine tasting card game VINO!. Currently, Alison is running her business, Artisan Wine Group, offering private and corporate wine events and sharing VINO! across the globe.

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