Bodega Chacra Cinquenta y Cinco Pinot Noir 2015


SKU 03363


We have been fans of Bodega Chacra for several years, since we first discovered the wine through our connection with Kobrand Wines & Spirits. Chacra is owned and managed by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who was the creator of Sassicaia, the world's first Super Tuscan and founder of the great San Guido estate in Bolgheri. The Marchese was a pioneer in his time, and Piero is now following in his spirit of his footsteps by doing something positively thrilling in Argentina: producing PINOT NOIR versus MALBEC. Well, actually, there's more to it than just that. Piero's Pinot Noirs from Patagonia are made with organic biodynamic methods, in an area with a dry climate and a fresh, constant breeze coupled with wonderful South American sunshine. He found an old plot of Pinot Noir planted in 1932 by Italian immigrants, from which he began producing a Pinot labelled Treinta y Dos, followed by this wine, from a plot planted in 1955, hence the name Cincuenta y Cinco. All of his Pinots share an elegant, buoyant, fresh and floral quality that we personally very much enjoy. Since Chacra's inception, Piero has cut back on the new wood treatments and consciously keeps the alcohol levels low.

Read this great article about Piero and Chacra on
Category Red Wine
Country Argentina
Region Patagonia
Brand Bodega Chacra
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Cincuenta y Cinco, pure Pinot Noir from a vineyard planted in 1955 (cincuenta y cinco is Spanish for 55), is an elegant, direct red with tension obtained by fermenting the grapes from those stony, sandy and clay-rich soils in concrete vats with half of full clusters and indigenous yeasts. Forty percent of the wine matured in second use French oak barriques for eight months, while the rest of the volume was kept in concrete until blending and bottling. I tasted it twice because proprietor Piero Incisa della Roccheta was not happy with how the first bottle showed, even though I found it quite good. But he was right, the second one was even better, with more energy. They consider 2015 one of their finest vintages. This has a nose of ripe cherries, some violets and a sense of energy and freshness, with no trace of oak. The palate is extremely elegant, with ultra fine tannins and gobsmacking balance, all about subtleness without feeling diluted. This has power and elegance. For now and the next 10+ years. A superb showing for Cincuenta y Cinco. 17,500 bottles were filled in early January 2016.

Luis Gutierrez, December 30, 2016