CHAYEE BOURRAS Rosado
Bright red with shades of fuchsia, the Rosado has a nose of red fruits like raspberry, strawberry, cherry and rosehip. The attack is sweet with good acidity which balances the wine in the mouth. The red fruit notes perceived at the nose are strengthened, and it has a long off-dry finish.
Bonarda (aka Douce Noir in Savoy, France; aka Charbono in Napa)
Bonarda was the most cultivated grape in Argentina up until the last decade or so when it was overtaken by Malbec. It thrives in the unique climate of Mendoza, but there has been some confusion about the origins of the grape. Originally believed to be an import from Italy, related to Bonarda Piemontese, when researchers examined the DNA it was discovered in fact to be a descendent of Douce Noir from the Savoy region of France. The same grapes are also found in some old vineyards in Napa, where it is known as Charbono. Confusing, right?
Argentine Bonarda are at first very fruity on the nose, with notes of black cherry compote, fresh blueberry, and plum. Then, they become more complex, giving off nuanced aromas of violets, 5-spice, allspice, and peonies. When aged in oak, such as with the Reserva, they take on slightly smokey notes of cigar box, sweet figs, and chocolate. On the palate, Bonarda has an initial burst of fruitiness, a medium-body, juicy acidity, and a smooth, low-tannin finish. It tastes like an exotic Merlot and it’s just as easy to drink.
AB CSPC +776346
BC CSPC +669051
Region: San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietals: 100% Bonarda
Region & Vineyard Notes
Cuadro Benegas is located on a mountainous elevation near the town of San Rafael in the heart of Mendoza. The vineyards are planted in sandy loam soil, in the foothills of Sierra Pintada, 800 meters above sea level. Irrigated by the famous river Diamante, the vineyards are exposed to harsh weather, extreme temperatures, snowfalls, high thermal fluctuations in summer -- all ideal conditions for the cultivation of vines as they provide the wine of the region with a particular style.