Malbec was first planted in Argentina in 1853 and in the decades since then it has established itself as the dominant grape of the country. However, it was another grape for which the Alma Negra winery was named – Bonarda. Alma Negra translates to “Black Soul” and it was chosen as the name for the winery due to the intense, dark color of the wines produced using the Bonarda grape. This particular wine is a blend of both Malbec and Bonarda grown in some of the highest elevation vineyards in the southern hemisphere. Full-bodied richness is the name of the game here. Inky in the glass, this wine is a powerful display of concentration and silky textures that deliver wonderful notes of blackberries, licorice, and currants with subtle notes of sage and graphite. A marvelous wine to have with broiled or roasted red meats but not so heavy that it wouldn’t make for a tasty sipper on the couch.