Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Apr 11, 2010 Altos Las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestMendoza, Argentina $13-15 www.colonialasliebres.comAh – the week before Playhouse. The remaining tickets are being snapped up, winemakers are arriving from all points on the globe, and wine geeks – um – fans, like me are drafting their schedules. Argentina is one of the regions in focus this year (along with New Zealand), and many a tongue will be Malbec-stained purple by the end of the festivities. But while Argentina’s Malbecs will certainly get the lion’s share of attention, I want to talk about a lesser known red from the lofty country. So much lesser known, that this bottle of Bonarda was the only government listed one I could locate this week in BC.Originally grown in Italy’s Piedmont region, the Bonarda grape has seen much success in the high altitude, rich soils of Argentina, where it is a major varietal. Dark ruby, with aromas of sweet stewed plums, strawberry and mulled spice, this unoaked wine has bright cherry, grapey, floral flavours with a run of cola throughout. Light-medium body, playful in the glass and fresh-but-firm tannic finish reminded me of a Dolcetto or Gamay. In my opinion, 40+ year old vines deserve better than a synthetic plastic cork – but hey – we’re talking $13 here.And – not to be overlooked, the sweet bunny label (Colonia Las Liebres = Hares Colony) is guaranteed a smile.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) There are still tickets available for seminars, grazing mixers and the main International Festival Tasting Room. www.playhousewinefest.comArgentinaRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.