2018 Chacra Pinot Noir Barda
2018 Chacra Pinot Noir Barda I love the forest-fruit, must and wet-earth character here. Perfumed. Medium body, very fine round tannins and intense, crushed stones. Hints of cedar and hazelnuts. Crunchy. Always an exciting pinot noir from Argentina. Drink or hold.
Pure, minerally and powerful, with concentrated flavors of red plum and dried raspberry, loaded with powerful meaty notes. Sandalwood accents linger on the finish, showing caressing tannins.
There’s great harmony and purity here. The palate is fresh, the flavors are clean and pure and there is great length. There’s great energy. It has to be one of the finest vintages of Barda. This is an incredible value, a great Pinot Noir from Río Negro at a very attractive price point. Parkers WA
Pinot Noir From The Ends Of The Earth A Dream Of Sassicaia’s Piero Incisa della Rocchetta
Save A Huge 42%. At Under $22 per this Pinot Noir Will Blow You Away
The Super Tuscan Sassicaia is one of the greatest wines in the world. Piero is the grandson of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, creator of Sassicaia. His grandfather embued in Piero an understanding of fine wines and a respect for and responsibility to nature. Piero believed he could make great Pinot Noir in the extremely arid, cold and dry Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia and he was correct. I met Piero when he launched these great wines at the Mohegan Sun years back and I was blown away by his passion and belief in these wines. After tasting the wines I was a convert forever. Greatness begets greatness.
In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta (Sassicaia) purchased the first of Bodega Chacra’s vineyards, a property with an existing, though abandoned, vineyard planted in 1932. This vineyard of gnarled and ungrafted Pinot Noir vines was later added to a neighboring vineyard of vines planted in 1955. Two distinct single vineyard named “Treinta y Dos” and “Cincuenta y Cinco” after the dates of their respective vineyard plantings. Todays wine includes these two great old vine vineyards.
The focus now is exclusively Pinot Noir wines from vines grown on their own rootstocks, believed to produce superior fruit to that of grafted vines. The Chacra Pinot Noir Barda 2018 and is one of the most amazing, well-structured bottles of Pinot Noir you will ever taste under $22.
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia. The property’s situation in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic.
The climate is dry, with a maximum humidity of thirty percent and an average of seven inches of rainfall annually. This aridity, coupled with the natural barrier of the surrounding desert, results in a complete absence of phylloxera and vine diseases.
The soil of the Rio Negro Valley, an ancient riverbed composed of limestone, sand and clay, coupled with the Valley’s pristine pollution-free air and tremendous luminosity, make for ideal conditions to grow awesome Pinot Noir.