From: Mendoza, Argentina

Price: $16

Serve with: Beef, lamb, pasta

Bonarda is an old red wine grape believed to come from Italy's Piedmont region that has flourished in Argentina — mainly as a bulk wine. In the hands of a skilled grower, however, it can show as much complexity as the much better-known malbec. This wine from the excellent Zuccardi firm — the same family behind Santa Julia — is full-bodied, ripe and earthy. It offers flavors of black cherry, plum, pepper, herbs, smoked meat and chocolate. This well-structured wine can be drunk with pleasure now but has good potential to age over 5-10 years.

--Michael Dresser