The color is deep purple, the nose dense, alluring and hinting at mint, shoe polish, violet and blackberry. Flavors are pure, modestly oaky and deep in terms of wild berry, coffee and chocolate.— M.S.
Zuccardi makes really good varietal Bonardas. This version is rich and deep, with intense primary aromas of blackberry that dominate the bouquet. A muscular palate with rubbery tannins supports blackberry, chocolate, fig and toasted flavors. This strapping red is chocolaty and a touch warm on the finish.— M.S.
Black cherry and wild berry aromas are tight and don’t stray much from center stage. The palate is layered, fresh and spunky, with flavors that match the bouquet in that cherry, wild berry and plum run the show. Toasty and chocolaty on the finish, with a rock-solid feel and bright fruit flavors that don’t quit.— M.S.
Deep, compact and rich on the nose, with a big dose of ripe berry aromas. The palate is healthy and blends a beefy, muscular body with balancing acids and firm but ripe tannins. Tastes pretty and sweet, like blackberry or plum pie. Chewy and chocolaty on the finish; overall it’s a winner.— M.S.
Plum, raspberry, graham cracker and a note of rubbery latex define the nose. The palate is juicy, fit and pure in its delivery of blackberry, black plum and pastry flavors. A smooth, lush finish confirms that this is excellent Bonarda, a variety that rarely reaches such heights.— M.S.
Bold and packed to the gills with black fruit, well-applied oak and rubbery, fresh tannins. As Bonarda goes, this is a clear winner; it’s blowsy and ribald on the nose, with tons of black fruit, coconut and mocha. The palate is firm but not overly hard, with fig, black plum and length to the finish. Drink now…— M.S.
Round, thick and pulsing, but not too hard, angular or tannic. The nose brings richness, smoke and black fruits, while the palate is juicy, focused and forward, with black-fruit flavor galore and a slight creamy character. Drying and toasty on the finish, with snappy acidity through the final drop.— M.S.
Chocolaty and malty to start with, then more meaty, rubbery and traditional on the nose. The palate is round and just right in feel, while the palate is meaty, layered and savory, with juicy acidity and savory undercurrents. Cutting and food-friendly, and very well-made for a $10 wine.— M.S.