Finca La Linda is a second label for Luigi Bosca, who’s Malbecs I have had in the past and quite enjoyed. I was sent some wines from the La Linda label for review and the Bonarda is the first one I tried. I think I have only had one other 100% Barnarda in the past so I don’t have much of a reference point, although I have had dozens of wines in which the grape was part of the blend. The wine had excellent structure – good acidity and tannins – but the flavor profile just wasn’t for me.
Region: Mendoza, Argentina (Lujan de Cuyo)
Grapes: 100% Bonarda
Oak Program: 6 months in American Oak
Alcohol: 14% ABV
My Tasting Notes –
Nose: raisin, plum, cooked fruit, portish
Taste: portish, cooked, bit of mocha and blackberry towards the finish
Mouthfeel: full body, peppery – leathery tannins
Finish: decent length although the lingering cooked fruit wasn’t too enjoyable
Definitely some interesting flavor notes, but the dominance of cooked fruit and weak port flavors just wasn’t appealing to me – at least in a table wine. I was hoping that the La Linda line would be not to far off from Luigi Bosca, but so far it is. Maybe the Malbec will be better!
I really like Bonarda – tend to turn to it when you need a lighter red like Gamay or Sangiovese. Pairs well with pork dishes.