Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2014 received 92 points in the Spanish wine guide Guía Peñín 2017.
2014 Colonia Las Liebres Brut Rosé Bonarda Sparkling wine received 90 points in the Spanish wine guide Guía Peñín 2017.
Aldo Graziani: 91 points in the “Reporte del Vino Argentino 2017” – Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Clásica 2014
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Bonarda is back. By the way, the Bonarda in Argentina is a different grape than the Bonarda from Italy and is also known as Charbono, Corbeau or Douce Noir.
Historically pipped as Malbec’s little brother, it was often seen as an alternative to Malbec, and vinified in the same way. More traditional Bonarda wines are jammy and fruit-forward coming from warmer regions.
Fresh, flirty Bonarda
Treated with shorter maceration periods and some whole cluster carbonic maceration, this new clan of Bonarda are lighter, fruitier and perfect to enjoy chilled over lunch. The rise in light sparkling pink wines coming from the variety is also something to cast your eye on.
- Key regions: Lujan de Cuyo (the sub-regions of Vistalba and Ugarteche), Tupungato.
- Names to look out for: Alto Las Hormigas “Colonia Las Liebres”
2014 Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Clásica. 91 Points.
Tim Atkin wrote: ” Made from grapes grown around the winery in the wilds of Medrano, this is a Bonarda that’s treated like a Pinot Noir, with very gentle extraction and no oak. Red cherry, raspberry and pomegranate fruit flavours are complemented by gentle tannins, some pepper spice and bright acidity.”
2014 Colonia Las Liebres Brut Rosé. 90 Pts.
“Served as a digestif at the winery, this is much more than a curiosity. Pale in colour, with no dosage at all, it’s floral and refreshing with fine bubbles and a nip of tannin. Just the thing for a hot summer afternoon.”
Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Reserva 2012: 91 Points
“This is one of the best Bonardas of the world. Not that there are a lot but I love the cocoa powder, bitter and cedar character. Balanced and flavorful.”
Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2010
We owe the internationalization of Bonarda to Altos Las Hormigas, and this is no small feat. Since 2003, Colonia Las Liebres has produced a simple, juicy wine, with rich texture and freshness. A wine that is easy wine to drink, always asking for another bottle. This new vintage is still the same charming Bonarda, juicy and seductive, with its ripe red fruit and raspberry juice.
“A ripe, jammy red, sporting spicy plum and black cherry compote notes, with hints of tar and spice filling the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported. From Argentina.”
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Altos Las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2011, Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina grape varietal Bonarda is growing in popularity in Argentina for its chewy, fruity flavors and soft tannisn. That is what makes this 2011 so easy and fun to sip. At about $10, this is certainly one of the best every day red wine values that I’ve tasted in eons. Even a light chill will make this little beauty sing.
“Intense and extracted but also well balanced and smooth, with minerality and asphalt on the rose. The palate mixes deep black fruit weight and flavors with snappy acids, and averall this is bright, bullish and full of berry and black cherry along with chocolate. A ripe, satisfying wine for the money.” –M.S.
Revista JOY, Septiembre 2012.
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COLONIA LAS LIEBRES 2011 / $50
Hay cosas que siempre van a ser modernas, como la música de Bowie o las ficciones de Bradbury. Tal y como sucede con ellos, Colonia Las Liebres es un tinto que se adelantó a su época en no menos de una década. Cuando apareció en 2003 hizo un quiebre, con etiqueta atractiva y un vino a base de Bonarda como salido de Crónicas Marcianas: proponía tensión, fruta roja, jugosidad y un tinto de cuerpo medio en un momento en que eso equivalía a poner un extraterrestre en la góndola. Reloaded, sigue vigente.
Por Joaquín Hidalgo