Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2017
The Wine Advocate reports : I visited Chacra and met with Piero Incisa dela Rocchetta from the Sassicaia family in Italy. His property in Río Negro, Patagonia, is devoted to the production of Pinot Noir. The winemaker here is Han Vinding Diers of Noemía fame also in Río Negro. There are three lines of Pinot Noir: Barda, Cincuenta y Cinco and Treinta y Tres. Barda is the entry level, fermented in 60-70% oak barrels and 30-40% cement. In 2010 they saw the first results in the vineyard, after years of working in biodynamics since 2004. These are the best Pinot Noirs from Argentina. Bravo Piero and Hans!'
Wine AdvocateThe entry level, drinkable, fresh and primary 2015 Barda was produced with Pinot Noir grapes from their two flagship vineyards, 1932 and 1955. It fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, including malolactic. Half of the wine was kept in concrete, 20% put in stainless steel and the remaining 30% matured in new and second use French oak barrels for eight months. They consider 2015 one of their finest vintages to date, a year with very cold nights in March, which helped achieve good slow ripeness, with a frost at the end of the month which accelerated the end of the harvest. It had a beautiful nose mixing red and black fruit aromas with a spicy twist and something earthy, very subtle, starting to show some complexity even at this early age. They are using less new oak as they are buying some used barrels from Dujac; the effect of the oak here is really unnoticeable, the wine is all about the grape, with very fine tannins, great acidity and balance. It is supple and tasty, with a savory finish. It has a citric, blood orange-like freshness that is noticeable mostly in the finish. Stunning, and very good value.