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Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda


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Altos Las Hormigas "Colonia Las Liebres" Bonarda: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Altos Las Hormigas "Colonia Las Liebres" Bonarda

Colonia Las Liebres is, as their web site puts it, "part of the Altos Las Hormigas family". Bonarda is the grape once rather popular in California under the name "Charbono"; it is now a major grape in Argentina, second only in importance there to Malbec. The Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda is very widely available in the U.S. at retail prices that range from under $7 up to about $17; the high ones are outliers, and the average price is about $9.


Altos Las Hormigas "Colonia Las Liebres" Bonarda: Tasting Impressions

As you can see if you check the links farther below, there is a modest discrepancy between the numerous CellarTracker posts, which find this a rather "average" wine, and the professionals, who seem to have hot pants over it.

Our own experience was a lot more to the "pretty average" side, though as always we caution against one-bottle samplings (owing to the notorious phenomenon of botttle variation). Our initial live notes say "Nothing notably wrong, nothing notably right," and that seems to sum it.

There was assuredly fruit there, dark and almost that classic "brooding", but somewhat unfocussed and vague. We, at least, did not sense much subtlety or complexity here, just a solid, fairly strong red wine. Basically, as we often describe wines, "harmless". Fine to drink, with some modest enjoyment, but not something to seek out. (Though we will in time seek out at least a second bottle, to see if the experience differs.)


Altos Las Hormigas "Colonia Las Liebres" Bonarda: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

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