2017 Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir Rio Negro SKU #1378665

Price: $49.99

JS 97 RP 97
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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. Fermented in very small enamel lined tanks, and then transferred to French oak barrels (20% new), this is a beautiful, bright and nuanced expression of Pinot Noir, with succulent fruit and elegant texture. An eye opener for the potential of Pinot Noir in northern Patagonia.

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    9/19/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I was so excited to taste this wine that I made Joe open a bottle of the Sin Azufre to compare it against. The "without sulfur" bottling has been one of my favorite Pinots that I have tasted all year, and it comes from this vineyard. This was an opportunity to taste a "natural/minimal intervention" wine with a wine that is made with intervention from the same year, same vineyard and same winemaker! And while I still love the Sin Azufre the 55 has stolen my heart. This is a great bottle of Pinot. It got plenty of high notes and dark tones to really accentuate those high notes It dances on the palate with plenty of acid and just enough tannins. New world fruit and savory earthy core It has something for just about everybody. Wow!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    9/19/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is not what I expected from a South American Pinot Noir, I thought I was going to get a fruity, wood driven weak legged wannabe…man was I wrong. The nose on this wine is complex from the get go, full of savory, earthy, and then a bit of subtle fruit with a real feeling you’re getting something with real depth. On the palate the wine shows a bit of tannic grip that gives the wine dimension and frames it for your palate while the center of the wine unwinds slowly giving more Pinot character. It doesn’t hurt to have a vineyard that was planted in 1955 to give you depth of complexity and structure and this wine has it all. This doesn’t taste like Burgundy, but it is not supposed to, it’s really good Pinot Noir from old vines that just happen to be in South America, it reminds me a bit of Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir, it’s an excellent wine…from the makers of Sassicaia.
    Drink from 2018 to 2028
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    9/18/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is truly a complex wine, undoubtedly sue to the older vine age, not often found in Argentina. There is a heafty amount of fine tannin and structure here, though it comes across as power, not bitterness. Darker red fruits are predominant and no hint of oak or vanilla is present, indicating they selected the right type and quality of barrel to round the whole cluster edges, while imparting none of its own flavor. This is a sophisticated Pinot Noir that I believe would be great with grilled meats and veggies.

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