Faldeos Nevados Bonarda 2004

Anyone got an update on Diego Maradona?  Regular readers know that I hate the Argies with a passion normally reserved for mindless football thugs.  However, when it comes to wine I try to make allowances, and it just so happens that my thuggery dissipates faster than the bubbles in a bottle of cava, once an open bottle of Argentinean wine is placed on the table.

I love the Faldeos Nevados Malbec, so I really should have tried the Bonarda from the same producer earlier than this.  Bonarda, is not, although it sounds so, the name of an Italian porn star, but an indigenous grape of the cheating football nation.  Albeit not the cheating football nation that brought you the Mano de Dios, it originated in Italy!  Enough of the football insults, what was the wine like?

Bonarda and a quaint Irish expresso cup…..for some reason

This latest stallion from the Susana Balbo stable was at first reminiscent of a Pinot Noir from NZ, with strawberry jam the prime flavour on opening.  Over time the fruits became darker and more sinister, perhaps blackcurrant, plum, black cherry.  The wine also became more complex and interesting, a soupcon of cedar and a slight smokiness making a late appearance from the subs bench.

Let’s not analyse this wine too deeply though, it’s not a Lafite.  I am not generally a fan of jammy wines and this one got a bit too much so towards the end.  However, a nice one for a quick quaff, or even a glass with one course.  If you are a wino like me and so much as tempted by drinking the whole bottle, you will probably do better to stick to the Malbec.  But don’t let me put you off an otherwise interesting wine.

Faldeos Nevados Bonarda 2004 is available from the Wine Society for £5.95.

One Response to “Faldeos Nevados Bonarda 2004”

  1. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    I’ve just found my notes from another recent tasting of this wine and the primary flavours were raspberry meringue and blackcurrant jam. Some biterness with the sweet flavours. Quite intense although not long lasting. Just goes to prove that it depends on your mood, what you have eaten/drunk, the glass you drink from etc etc.
    Or alternatively my palette (and palate) is just plain poor and unsophisticated..

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