Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Reserva 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

The 2008 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda sits pretty in the glass with a purple accented dark red.  The bouquet has a stereo effect with peat coming in one channel and sweet berries in the other.  That complexity carries itself well into the mouth.  It starts off with a nice berry (strawberry, raspberry, some with some currant even) flavour but that quickly rolls into a slowly dispersing green vegetable and tannic middle and finish that seems to go on forever.  The effect is like quickly sucking all the sweet juice from a beautiful grape in one shot and then slowly trying to work out any lingering flavour from the skin by using every muscle in your mouth.

This is not a wine for gulping.  It is quite captivating with the gorgeous flirtation with the nose, and the long kiss good-bye.  That long kiss good-bye, is not a smooth and pretty, it has it’s rough corners. Maybe since single variety Bonardas are a new arrival on our shores, part of the journey of this wine is seeing what lies around those unfamiliar rough corners.

Musical Match: The Scorpions, Still Loving You.  The opening notes of this song start out quite simple and pretty, but as the song goes on those notes get drawn out and as it explores love lost.  The wine and the song do a great job of touching raw elements and making something attractive from those elements.  Good Stuff.

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