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2016 Chacra Pinot Noir Treinta Y DosPinot Noir from Argentina

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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 Neuqu...

  • 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Dark fruit with blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as needles and basil. Full-bodied, dense and layered with mushroom, moss and bark. A dark berry character, too. A unique expression of pinot noir from old vines in Patagonia. Needs three to five years to soften but a special wine."

96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The top-of-the-range 2016 Treinta y Dos is sold later than the rest of the portfolio, as the wine spends 18 months in oak barrels, now all second and third use, and it's bottled later. It was cropped from a "typical" Patagonian year with marked seasons and no more rain than usual; this made it a very different vintage than what they had in Mendoza, where it rained a lot. The wine feels a little riper, more concentrated and more powerful, and the oak is a little marked. While some might prefer this style, this time I certainly favored the Cincuenta y Cinco, which felt much fresher and more elegant, while this felt more vinous. It improved with time in the glass, becoming even fresher, which tells me something about the aging potential of the wine. 7,082 bottles and 79 magnums were filled in November 2017."

Product Description:

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 Pinot Noir.

In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta 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 Pinot Noirs are produced, named "Treinta y Dos" and "Cincuenta y Cinco" after the dates of their respective vineyard plantings.

In addition, Piero also makes a Merlot, a rosé of Pinot Noir exclusively for the US market, and a young vine Pinot Noir called Barda. Barda comes from a 25 year old vineyard totaling 11 hectares. Piero produces around 90,000 bottles of Barda.

Product Detail

Item # 106233
Country Argentina
Region Patagonia
Sub-Region Rio Negro
Ratings

98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

96 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato