Tonel 78 Malbec-Bonarda 2017

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of red fruits, savory black olives, alongside clove. On the palate this wine is slightly smoky but balanced by flavors of red fruits, black cap raspberries and dried herbs. It is medium plus in body and concentrated but yet fresh due to the supporting acidity. The tannins are fine and the finish is long.


This winery, founded in 1922, was originally called Armando Hermanos, after its founding family. It soon became known as Bodega de los Toneles (Winery of the Barrels) due to its huge French oak barrels. The operation was purchased in 2002 by the Millán family, who revived its spirit and made substantial investment in both the winery and vineyards. The building was completely restored, and technology was thoroughly modernized. The vineyards, scattered over the Mendoza area, received the same attention. The building is located in the heart of the city of Mendoza, about three minutes’ drive from the city center. It is on the Argentine equivalent of the National Historic Register.

The Malbec for this wine comes from the Flowers View Vineyard, 1020 m above sea level (asl) on shallow, stony, well- drained soil. The Bonarda grows in the Medrano Vineyard at 700 m asl on deep sandy loam soil. Both varieties are harvested manually. Each variety is handled separately. Both go through a pre-fermentaion maceration in concrete at 12°C for 72 hours. Each ferments for 20 days at 26°C. Half of each varietal wine is transferred to French oak barrels to age for eight months. Since this is a barrel select wine, the best barrels are chosen and blended, and resulting wine ages 12 months in 100% new French oak.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Red Meat, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce

Argentina , Mendoza
Grape Varietal:
Malbec, Bonarda
$22.50 each