Tonel 78 2017 Malbec Bonarda

Size: 750ml

Here’s a delicious ripe red from Mendoza. Bodegas Toneles was established back all the way back in 1922. They’ve been producing quality wines from the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza for decades now. This wine is one of their premium selections. Many people aren’t aware that the Bonarda grape from Italy is widely planted in Mendoza and expresses rich fruit and impeccable balance in Medoza’s unique terroir. This barrel select blend brings together the bold structure and minerality of Malbec with the round, ripe fruitiness of Bonarda.

Malbec grapes are sourced from the Flowers View Vineyard at 3200 feet with stony, well drained soils and Bonarda grapes are sourced from the Medrano Vineyard at 2200 feet with deep sandy loam. The grapes are vinified in concrete tanks separately. After a cold soak the grapes macerated for 20 days in temperature controlled conditions. Then the wines were transferred to French oak barrels and aged for 8 months. The barrels were then tasted and the best ones were selected for this 50/50 blend.

The Wine Advocate scored this rich red 93 points saying “…very pure and integrated and more insinuating than in-your-face. This is a superb blend of Malbec and 35% Bonarda with lots of character and very good freshness.