This opaque ruby wine has aromas of freshly picked black cherries, raspberry, plum, rose, and yellow flowers, with hints of mint, dried herbs, and underbrush. The palate has a rich, round mouthfeel and is accompanied by red and black fruit, dark chocolate, and a bit of toast. Not powerful, but well ripened, this wine provides a well-balanced and delicate finish.
100% Bonarda. Produced and bottled by Altos Las Hormigas. In 2000 Alberto Antonini and Attilio Pagli, the winemakers of Bodega Altos Las Hormigas, a Malbec specialist, fortuitously discovered the potential of growing single varietal bonarda in Mendoza. An early hailstorm had moved quickly and violently through the region, naturally pruning the leaf canopy of a nearby bonarda vineyard. The vineyard averted major damage, but the harvest yielded only half the usual crop. Upon assessing the damage, the winemakers found that the remaining grapes had a surprising concentration and structure. The resulting wine was beautiful, with gentle texture and lingering flavors. As Alberto recalls, he knew at that moment that he was stuck on bonarda.