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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...
- 95 Points -
James Suckling, May 2016
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.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Luis Gutiérrez, December 2016
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.See detailed press review