Bonarda is a confusing name given to multiple unrelated grapes, two from Northern Italy (Croatina and Uva Rara) and this one from Argentina. The Argentine Bonarda is the same as what is known as Charbono in California. Got it? The second most planted grape in Argentina, Bonarda used to form the base of jug blends, but recent discoveries regarding soil affinities and methods of controlling and concentrating its propensity for extravagant yields have made it the rival of Malbec in its home land. Slightly lower in tannins and higher in acidity than Malbec and giving more exotic spices, this is a very versatile food-pairing wine. Grown organically at 2400 feet, this wine sees no oak like most Argentine Bonardas.