Tilia works with fruit from eastern Mendoza. The reds ferment with skins for few days, then are pressed and finished like a white. Good value varietals and blends. -Luis Gutierrez, WA, DECEMBER 2016
Wine maker notes
The Bonarda grapes in Argentina are not the same as the Bonarda grapes in Italy. They are in fact the same grapes known as Douce Noire in France and Charbono in California. Bonarda has become, along with Malbec, one of the signature reds of Argentina. The grapes for this wine come from the El Mirador vineyard in the Eastern region of Mendoza. The soil and climate there offer a perfect atmosphere for growing Bonarda.
Made at Bodegas Esmeralda, Tilia has been handcrafted to demonstrate true varietal character. The brand is named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina?s wine country. Vineyard workers often make tea from the flowers of this tree and enjoy time sitting in the shade after a hard day?s work. These wines are a tribute to those workers and to the Argentinean way of living life to the fullest, enjoying every moment and relaxing in the natural environment the land provides. These inviting selections are approachable, affordable and filled with layers of flavor.