Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir 2010 Patagonia
Pinot Noir from Argentina's Patagonia that will grip your senses.
Bright medium red. High-pitched, delicate aromas of red fruits, flowers, blood orange, pepper, fresh herbs and spicy underbrush. Strawberry, cherry and cinnamon flavors. Sleek, dry, delicate and lean. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and lingering, savory notes of dark fruits, spices and leather.
We head south deep into Argentina’s Patagonia – the coolest region for grape growing in the country. Here, along the banks of the Rio Negro River, Bodega Chacra crafts Pinot Noir from rocky, pebbly, limestony alluvial soils grown in a very arid, yet pristine desert climate that only receives about 7 inches of rain a year. The fruit for today’s offering was planted in 1955 – hence the moniker Cinquenta Cinco – and was grown biodynamically and organically before being fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats and gravity drained into tight-grained Burgundian barrels (20% new) for a year before bottling . The results are truly engaging: Bright, ethereal, and nuanced with lots of smoky, meaty characteristics mingling with wild berry fruit. I doubt you’ve had anything like this before, and with the 4 years of cellar time it has fleshed out beautifully. I acquired the few cases I have of this wine from the cellar of a “wine investment fund” that purchased the wine upon release and has stored it in a temp-controlled facility since. The Bodega Chacra “Cinquenta Cinco” Pinot Noir from Patagonia not only grips your senses, but engages your intellect as well. How can a wine with 11.5% alcohol pack so much intensity and flavor? $120 on release, but yours today for $36.