100! 100! 100 Grapes!!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Bin Ends Wine in order to participate in the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live.

Grape 100!!! We made it to the Century Club! Now I just need to print out my application form and submit it and in about 6 weeks we’ll get nifty certificates memorializing out membership! Now, I tried to get a few of these grapes towards the end, but most we just tasted organically along the two years or so I’ve been tracking what we drank.  I believe that every grape we have consumed is documented on the blog, though it wasn’t until the 70s that I started noting it here on the wine blog.  Next, we shoot for the 200 grape mark! I’ve already got a few new grapes kicking around that we haven’t tried yet :)  Anyway, the wine!  One of the grapes we tasted a few times for the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Lives was Bonarda.  I gather there’s some recent argument over whether Bonarda is genetically the same to Charbono, but it’s listed separately on the Century Club application and there appears to be no definitive word on the matter yet.  We tried the 2006 Zuccardi Bonarda at the 3rd Argentinian Twitter Taste Live. It had a real cork closure, clocked in 13% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $14.

On the nose I got blackberry jelly, a little smoke, spice, herbs, strawberry candy, black currant, and grape jelly.  The nose seemed fairly sweet to me.  In the mouth this tasted a lot like spicy grape juice.  I found it to be a pretty simple overall and it reminded me somewhat of Norton, especially given the grape juice and grape jelly characteristics.

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5 Responses

  1. Congrats on making the century. I look forward to reading about grapes 101 to 200!

  2. As one member of the Wine Century Club to a soon-to-be one, welcome! Make sure and get the official tastevin!

  3. oh well done you! does that mean you can stop drinking?

  4. Congratulations!!!

    I’ve had a couple of Bonardas that I really enjoyed! They didn’t remind me of Norton at all, but as we know, the same varietal can taste completely different if grown somewhere else or made by another winemaker.

    100 grapes…I’ll have to check your list against my memory to get an idea of how many I’ve had. Definitely not 100, but I’m curious…

  5. This 100% Bonarda has a rich violet color, and exudes sensuous aromas of blueberry and blackberry. It is a vivacious wine, full of pure ripe fruit, yet soft in style with an attractive finish. Pair with roasted lamb, ham and cheese and empanadas.

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