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Pinot Noir, 2017. Bodega Chacra Barda

Pinot Noir, 2017. Bodega Chacra Barda

Item #: P0619R2IA
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Patagonia, Argentina
Color: Bright Crimson
Nose: Dried Cherry, Mint
Palate: Extracted Candy, Cherry
Finish: Insanely Long and Lush
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat, Game, Fish/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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No matter how long you've been writing about wine, even if it's approaching half a century, there are often times you just sit there and go "wow!" The wows on this Chacra Barda could fill a page, or two.

The property is in the Rio Negro district in Southern Argentina. It was developed by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta. His name may not ring with most, but his grandfather was the creator of a wine in Tuscany called Sassicaia. It is not only considered one of the greatest wines in Italy, but one of the greatest wines in the world. Would you think expectations were high?

Piero came here with the thought of making his own mark. So, he found a place suitable for Pinot Noir instead of his ancestry around Sangiovese and Cabernet.

He started from scratch in 2003, planting an organic, biodynamic vineyard with spacing of the vines so close you could barely walk between them. This configuration allows the root system to disseminate all the nutrients to only three or four clusters instead of ten. Each cluster receives the maximum amount of nutrients and thus produces the maximum amount of flavor.

I would love to put this wine into a tasting with $200 Burgundies with wine geeks to see their jaws drop when they discover this comes from Argentina. Absolutely explosive flavors of dried cherry, sandalwood, mint, earth, spice and cotton candy presented in a whirl of profound extract that finishes with as much flavor as it promises and more.