Bodega Chacra Cinquenta y Cinco Pinot Noir 2019
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.
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 newyorktimes.com
James Suckling"The blue-fruit character is impressive with intense, violet and floral character, which turns redder with earthier notes. Full-bodied, tight and very chewy, yet the tannins spread across the palate, releasing pure, seductive fruit and tense, bright acidity. Try after 2022."