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Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It is an idyllic region for grape growing notable for the absence of phylloxera and vine diseases. Due to the region's remoteness the air is unbelievably pristine, creating tremendous luminosity and intensity of sunlight. In 2004 Piero Incisa della Rocchetta purchased the first of three vineyards that have now...
- 97 Points -
I always like to have more than one vintage of the same wine to taste side by side, as it's in the close comparisons where you can better see the small differences and nuances that differentiate one year from another. The 2015 Treinta y Dos, from what they consider one of their best, if not the best, vintages since they started in 2004, when they harvested a little earlier than in the past to keep freshness, which represents the new direction in Chacra. The full clusters fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic. The wine matured exclusively in second and third use French barriques, something they first tried in 2013 and worked pretty well, and the élevage lasted one year. The time in barrel has been shortened considerably, as it used to be two years and it's only one year now, and I feel the wine has gained in freshness. The profile of the wine showcases the new direction they have taken, which was also very noticeable in the Sin Azufre from 2016--wines with more energy, with more precision and freshness. 4,800 bottles were filled in June 2015. From this vintage on, part of the vineyard is no longer used for this wine, following some soil studies they have done with Chilean expert Pedro Parra, so quantities are slightly lower. I think the less time in oak has also helped to achieve a more vibrant wine, really lively, tickling your taste buds with fresh flavors and citric acidity, reminiscent of blood oranges, which is something I love. This is really world class, possibly the best wine ever produced at Chacra. One day I need to taste this next to some Grand Cru Burgundy...See detailed press review
- 96 Points -
Another flamboyant 32 with sweet berries, dried citrus and volcanic ash. White pepper. Salt. Full-bodied, layered and flavorful. Savory finish. Ends with just a hint of dried fruit.See detailed press review