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Douce Noir

Douce Noir
Douce Noire or Bonarda is an old thick-skinned red grape variety with arguable origins and complicated history that leads to alpine eastern France, although it is almost extinct there. The grape has a deep colour with fruity characteristics and low tannin content, normally used as an everyday wine. It has found a second home in Argentina's Mendoza region, and it is the second most planted red variety after Malbec and one of the most traditional, introduced into the country with the immigration waves from Europe of the late nineteenth century. In Argentina, the wine gives a little distinctive character with more individualism and complexity. When it is used in blends with Malbec, it gives intensity and fruity notes and its structure allows it to be aged in barrels with very positive results. Also found in northwestern Italy under the name Charbono and as well in California, where the grape was confused for a long time with the Italian Barbera grape variety.

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