2016 Bodegas Chacra "Sin Azufre" Pinot Noir Rio Negro SKU #1309136

$34.99

JS 97 RP 92
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Bodega Chacra is a wine producer in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, in Argentina. It was established in 2004 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, whose grandfather was responsible for the iconic Italian wine Sassicaia.

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  • Chantel Carroll
    By: Chantel Carroll
    7/7/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't have a lot of experience drinking Pinot Noir from Argentina, but my goodness this wine really sets the bar high. I was delighted as I sorted through the endless layers of fruit and spice. It had ample acidity, fine balanced tannin, a beautiful bouquet of ripe alpine strawberries, slightly dried rose petals and hints of fresh violet. This wine is ready to drink now! I enjoyed it with a couple friends and a soft pungent cheese.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    7/6/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Light to medium bodied, this Patagonian Pinot Noir is an exceedingly graceful package. Fresh, crunchy red berries with subtle blueberry, purple flowers, black pepper, and vein of savory salinity. This continues to open in the glass, revealing subtle baking spices and deeper, earthy complexities. From top to bottom this is incredibly earnest Pinot, striking that rare balance between simply pretty and deceptively complex.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    6/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is Pinot Noir! Light Pinot Noir, 12.6 ABV. This perfectly captures that paradoxical element that, for me great Pinot's have, a delicate light tactile impression with bold intense flavors that linger and linger. Dusty Morello cherries, woodsy(not oaky) eathy spice, whispers of savory spice and all of that on a clean precise with with mouth watering acidity and finish that goes on and on. Oh, and it is made without sulpher if that is important to you....
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    6/26/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    As I tried this wine Joe told me that the name meant that it was without sulfites. That is cool but I was worried that if that was the big selling point for them the wine may not really speak for itself. Thankfully I was completely wrong, instead I was delighted to try a Pinot that hits a beautiful spot for me. On a lighter an more delicate side of Pinot, which is where I love this grape to be, this wine was not at all weak or watery. Rather it shows red berry, floral, a little spice note opting for balance over brawn. This is precisely the kind of wine that I love, long, elegant, and perfectly in my particular price range.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    6/26/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is, hands down, not only one of the most beautiful, delicate, and effortlessly delicious Pinot Noirs I have tasted in a while, it is simply one of the best deals in PN I think we'll see all year. Produced in tiny quantities in Argentinian Patagonia, this bottling is basically a selection from the winery's (also very good) $50 bottling. For some inexplicable reason, this smaller and more particular production is $15 less than the other bottling. For under $35, you get a Pinot Noir with so much finesse: pretty red fruits, delicate rose petal qualities, low ABV, and a quiet complexity that does not detract from how delicious and immediately approachable it is. Once again I think this is amongst our best Pinot Noir offerings year to date; it's super limited and bound to not last long so I would act fast on this one.

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