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 those of Mother Nature. Perhaps growing up the son of Nicolò Incisa della Rochetta and seeing the evolution of Sassicaia's wines year after year 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.
And the wines he makes at his estate Bodega Chacra in Patagonia, Argentina reflect those changes. Today, I'm delighted to bring back a wine we've spotlighted before, one of Piero's favorites, and a wine I love, Bodega Chacra 2010 Pinot Noir Treinta y Dos. This vintage was marked by hail near harvest, and it taught Piero that if he picked the grapes a little early he'd get a more elegant, more nuanced, lower alcohol wine. This '10 Trienta y Dos is old-vine Pinot Noir at its South American best, and if you're a Burgundy lover, you need to add this bottle to your cellar. It's the closest thing there is to Sassicaia vision and Sassicaia mastery in the New World.
I'm also pleased to bring back both Luciano Sandrone 2001 Barolo Le Vigne (this time in double magnums) and Emmanuel Rouget 2011 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux. The former is a big bottle of a benchmark Barolo vintage from one of the wine's masters; the latter is a cult bottling from a challenging vintage. Both of these wines show how talented winemakers wrest the best from whatever nature throws at them.