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Ground Breaking Pinot Noir with the Sassicaia Touch
Achieving Elegance and Concentration without Over Extraction and High Alcohol


A Note from Sergio


It's hard to find a grape that doesn't thrive in Italy--except, maybe, Pinot Noir. Few regions in Italy are really suited to Pinot. Truth is, it's actually a very hard grape to grow in lots of places--including Burgundy's Côte d'Or, home to the greatest Pinot Noirs in the world. Pinot Noir is sensitive. It's fickle. It's temperamental. It's not a grape for the faint of heart or the short of pocket. Good Pinot Noir costs money, and great Pinot Noir can cost a fortune.
 
Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the young scion of Sassicaia, knew all of this. After all, he is from one of Italy's greatest winemaking families. Incisa della Rocchetta loves Burgundy and wanted to make Pinot Noir, except he didn't want to make it in France or in his native Toscana, but instead, in Patagonia. This wasn't an altogether reckless endeavor; Incisa della Rocchetta had tasted a Patagonian Pinot Noir with his winemaker friend Hans Vinding-Diers.  Immediately impressed with what he experienced, Incisa della Rocchetta traveled down to Patagonia and spent some time with Vinding-Diers at Bodega Noemia, exploring the region's terroir.  After studying the history of the land and arriving at the old vines that would become Bodega Charca, he set out on his own.
 
In 2004, birds ate most of the grapes at Bodega Chacra. Piero took the loss as a chance to learn something new because, after all, he realized he couldn't control nature; he could only work with it. A winemaker who believes in the importance of nature taking its own course, Piero worked harder on his vineyards, and rather than being dissuaded by the '04 bird disaster, Piero grew more committed to his choice to grow biodynamically and to trust nature. He made sacrifices in the present for a pay-off in the future, trusting in his old vines and the tedious tasks of cutting, clipping and all the boring stuff of viticulture so that nature--and healthy vines--would reward his efforts.
 
In 2010, Piero got the chance to learn another lesson from nature with some untimely hail just before harvest in the Cincuenta y Cinco vineyard.  Fortunately, the hail bounced off the healthy canopy of leaves, but the estate still decided to harvest early, even if the grapes looked undamaged. This early harvest set the protocol for the rest of the vineyards. "The hail gave us a window into an unknown path--we followed the path the same road," Piero said. Nature led; he took a chance and followed. It was a fine decision, for the 2010 vintage of Bodega Chacras wines show a surpassed level of restraint, elegance and finesse.  In fact, the wine and winemaker achieved something unusual and contradictive to the industry as the wines were released at just 12% alcohol.  In a world filled with over extraction to achieve concentration, many Pinots surpass an unfit and hot 14.5%.  Through Piero and his biodynamic approach over the past ten years, elegance and concentration are accomplished without producing wines that are over-the-top and we are only beginning to see the full potential of this winemaker and estate.
 
Today we're delighted to offer our clients the new releases which include the graceful, complex and elegant Bodega Chacra 2010 Treinta y Dos, the estate's flagship wine crafted from vines planted in 1932 as well as the everyday favorite Barda and crowd pleasing Cincuenta y Cinco --please contact your Portfolio Manager by emailing store@italianwinemerchants.com or calling 212.473.2323 to secure yours. Sometimes nature gives a great bounty, and then it's up to us to celebrate it.

  

  

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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
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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. 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