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Sassicaia in Patagonia, Bodega Chacra’s Superb Old-Vine Pinot Noirs
August 6, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Piero Incisa della Rocchetta is remarkably laid back. For all his dry sense of humor, he's one of those men who seems to accept things as they come, to exist in a state of Zen calm, and to take everything that happens as a learning experience. This kind of personality can serve winemakers especially well because so much is out of their hands--and in the hands of nature. The son of Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rochetta, Piero witnessed the evolution of Tenuta San Guido's wines year after year, and he saw how every vintage tells winemakers a new story and offers a new lesson. Perhaps this history gave Piero a sense of acceptance, but he's become yet more relaxed, more assured, and more trusting of nature as the years have gone on.

The wines that Piero makes at his estate Bodega Chacra in Patagonia, Argentina, reflect their maker's growing maturity. Today, I'm delighted to spotlight two 2010 wines from Piero's Río Negro Valley estate, Bodega Chacra's intense and complex Pinot Noir Treinta y Dos and its lean, muscular Cincuenta y Cinco. The 2010 vintage was marked by hail near harvest, and it taught Piero that if he picked the grapes a little early, he'd be rewarded with more elegant, more nuanced, lower alcohol wines. In fact, the 2010 Treinta y Dos is Piero's favorite vintage of Bodega Chacra's flagship wine, and I have to say that nine years of maturity have added to this wine's sensual beauty.

Today's Bodega Chacra wines are old-vine Pinot Noir at their South American best, and if you're a Burgundy lover, you need to add these bottles to your cellar. They're the closest thing you can find to Sassicaia vision and Sassicaia mastery in the New World, and they are astonishingly good.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Two Stellar 2010 Pinot Noirs from Bodega Chacra
2. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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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 power almost imperceptibly as it glides across your palate. Precise lines provide an exquisite skeleton for its crisp red fruits, underbrush, sweet baking spices, crushed rocks, and touches of pepper, blood orange and wildflowers. Dusty tannins meld seamlessly with kinetic acidity as elegant minerals power this wine’s extended finish--and with less than 12% alcohol, the wine allows you to enjoy it at length. 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. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for 14 months in barriques, and it’s bottled without fining or filtration. About 700 cases made in 2010. more info
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Price: $119.00

The 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos is a perfect fit for Pinotphiles because of its purity, silky texture and lingering nuances of spice and earth, but it also offers classic Barolo enthusiasts a wine that privileges elegance and finesse over extraction and power. Savory herbs, warm earth, new leather and crushed rocks frame this wine’s sweet, lush red and blue fruits and its touches of melted chocolate, spice and cola. Grippy tannins, vivid acidity, and a sneaky spine of savory minerals offset the wine’s sweet fruits as it builds to a savory, dry crescendo. With an unprecedented alcohol level of less than 12%, the ’10 Treinta y Dos stands as its maker's favorite bottling to date. Planted in 1932, Treinta y Dos sports pebbly soils rich in clay and sand; biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for two years in barriques (half new) before bottling without fining or filtration. more info