2017 Bodegas Chacra "Sin Azufre" Pinot Noir Rio Negro SKU #1358915

$34.99

JS 97 RP 93
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K&L Notes

Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Sassicaia founder Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, ended up in Patagonia after tasting a bottle of Pinot Noir he fell in love with, and was told came from old vines in Patagonia. This wine comes from 60 year-old, head pruned vines in the Rio Negro Valley of Patagonia. As the name suggests (albeit in Spanish), there is no added sulphur in this wine --a rare thing that is enabled by the extremely high quality of the grapes and the attention to detail in the winemaking at this address. *Natural Wine*

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    5/29/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This has been one of my favorite bottlings of Pinot in the store for the last several years. There is always something very captivating about this wine. The wine tickles my palate, the method of production a vineyard work tickle my brain. Let's get to the later first. It is old vine Pinot, from the same vineyard as the Cincuenta y Cinco bottling from the producer. It is harvested a few days earlier than the traditional bottling and makes it without sulfur "sin azufre". Piero Incisa della Rocchetta meticulous winemaking crafts a "natural" wine that is clean and precise while simultaneously being earthy and savory. For me it is like drinking an untranslated version of Patagonian Pinot. You didn't know you wanted one until you try this. The nose is broad, with equal parts fruit and savory notes. Mixed fruit and berries with an earthy/mineral thing that is equal parts Sancerre blanc and Graves rouge that has been sitting in the sun all afternoon. I know, run with it, there is a little magical realism with this one. On the palate it is that same mix of fruits and berries with a dash fruit skin bite and more of that earthy savoriness. The wine glides across the palate then start to take on more weight, the tannins that you thought that were not there, slowly reveal themselves and the best part is the finish. It goes and goes but it starts and stays on the tip of your tongue. That sun-soaked earthy, mineral, Patagonian stoniness does something that I have never experienced from any Burgundy. Even more fun is to have this wine with the Cincuenta y Cinco, what a difference and few days and sulfur makes. It is beautiful but totally different. That is the kind of experience that will reinvigorate your love for the mysteries of wine, or at least it does for me.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    5/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    What an original take on the grape that perhaps more than any other, is so coveted, and whose wines are more passionately debated than any other. I do not anticipate this wine will be any different: a lighter styled Pinot Noir, with 13% abv stated on the label (though I suspect it is a bit less), without added sulphites (as the name clearly states in Spanish). And it's from Patagonia! Anyhow, I love the wine. It smells of fresh fruit, with a European sensibility; we could in fact be in the Loire, perhaps, given the aromatic profile. On the palate, there are wild mixed berries, plums, and less florals than I recall in the 2016 vintage we offered last year. Still, it is a wonderfully original, successfully made wine in the "natural wine" style. If you like more subtle Pinot Noir and/or French wines, simply give this wine a try. For two years running, it's one of the most surprising, delicious wines I have tasted here.

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