2005 Amaicha Bonarda

Price: $1.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Goldschmidt Vineyards

What They Said:

Per Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer from October of 2006; “Amaicha wines are named after a small village in the northern Argentinean province of Tucuman. “The indigenous people of this town have a special reverence for what they call Pachamama, or Mother Earth, and they celebrate their admiration for the earth’s goodness with both festivals and a way of life that respects the elements around them – Earth, Moon, Sun & Water. That respect extends to the cultivation of the grapes that are used to create Amaicha wines.”

Amaicha Bonarda “is a red wine that originates in Italy, but is actually the most widely grown grape in Argentina. It produces a lush, medium-bodied wine with ripe plum and blackberry flavors. This one’s terrific for cocktails and equally appropriate for serving with pasta or even meatloaf.”

What I Think:

I have been watching a lot of the Tour de France lately and by some strange way came to think of this wine in regards to the cyclist that compete there day in and day out. Given that this was the 4th of the 26th bottles of this is Bonarda I have on hand you could view each as a stage. Some days you will certainly be on top form and others you may not be quite as up to the task.

For those that remember my last encounter with this wine was the first time this wine showed what the cyclist would refer to as a crack in the armor (or armour depending on my audience). With bolognese on the menu it was time to give this wine another try. Well tonight this bottle was “back on form” in tour talk. I’ll stop there with the analogies as my wife always told me that I haven’t been any good with them anyway. It starts with light, lively aromas with wooden overtone omnipresent and the fruit slowly comes forward. It is almost as if you slowly lowered your head right into the barrel. The palate doesn’t match, when I say that I mainly mean in the context of light. On the tongue you are immediately greeted with barrel flavors but the fruit quickly establishes itself at the front of your palate leading to a balance, toasty, spicy finish. The thing that struck me tonight was that this wine is certainly more manufactured in the winery than I previously allowed myself to believe. At $2 of course I was in denial but I was happy there!

Rating: Bulk Buy

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