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Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Price: $59.99

The ‘10 Cincuenta y Cinco flows with a sinuous, delicate grace that builds almost imperceptibly as it moves across your palate. Precise lines provide an exquisite skeleton for succulent fruit, a nose of underbrush, a streak of minerality, and an unexpected stamina for this wine’s extended finish--you’ll find yourself caught off-guard as the Cincuenta y Cinco lingers on the palate for a near eternity, and with less than 12% alcohol, the wine allows you to enjoy it length. Made with minimal intervention, whole cluster fermentation, and no fining or filtration, Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name. Just more than 700 cases made in 2010.
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011 750ml
Price: $60.00

This ’11 Patagonian wine exudes pure old-vine Pinot Noir fruit, a dusting of spice, a waft of earth, but its sinuous sophistication and elegance mark it as a member of the Sassicaia family--it is to Argentina and Burgundy what Sassicaia is to Bolgheri and Bordeaux. The child of a perfect growing season, this 2011 offers great structure for its ruby red body, lovely concentration, nice acidity, and great balance. Great aromatics, piquant minerality, elegant fruit and delicate sous-bois complete the picture of this Cinquenta y Cinco, and now with a half-decade of perfect maturity, this ’11 Pinot Noir is a velvety delight. Made with minimal intervention, whole cluster fermentation, and no fining or filtration, Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name. Fewer than 700 cases made.
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2006
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2006 750ml
Price: $130.00

The flagship wine of the estate, Treinta y Dos (or 1932, the year the vineyard was planted) requires a few years cellaring. A New World wine from Argentina might lead you to expect something opulent, fruit-forward and generous with oak, but this is one composed, structured, fragrant and nuanced wine that embraces its Patagonian terroir. The seductive nose on the 2006 flashes the alluring qualities of Pinot Noir: musky red fruit, sweet spice, rose petals, and some earthy tertiary notes.  Aerate the wine and see how it opens to offer a lush texture and to reveal nuances of black cherry, currants, and graphite.