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Region: Region:Argentina
Varietal: Varietal:Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2017

Regular price $23.89

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RATINGS: 92pts Wine Advocate; 95pts James Suckling

Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The property’???s situation in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the river’???s banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level. The valley is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who observed the abundant snow melt flowing from the Andes and created an oasis in the middle of the desert.

Tasting Notes: Wine Advocate 92 points - The entry level, drinkable, fresh and primary 2015 Barda was produced with Pinot Noir grapes from their two flagship vineyards, 1932 and 1955. It fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, including malolactic. Half of the wine was kept in concrete, 20% put in stainless steel and the remaining 30% matured in new and second use French oak barrels for eight months. They consider 2015 one of their finest vintages to date, a year with very cold nights in March, which helped achieve good slow ripeness, with a frost at the end of the month which accelerated the end of the harvest. It had a beautiful nose mixing red and black fruit aromas with a spicy twist and something earthy, very subtle, starting to show some complexity even at this early age. They are using less new oak as they are buying some used barrels from Dujac; the effect of the oak here is really unnoticeable, the wine is all about the grape, with very fine tannins, great acidity and balance. It is supple and tasty, with a savory finish. It has a citric, blood orange-like freshness that is noticeable mostly in the finish. Stunning, and very good value. 90,000 bottles produced..Luis Gutierrez, December/2016

James Suckling 95 points - A fantastic red with ginger, dried strawberry, wet earth and fresh leather aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fantastic finish. Superb. Best Barda ever. Drink now. THE 50 BEST VALUE WINES UNDER $50 IN 2016.December/2016

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