Bodega Chacra, Patagonia, Treinta y Dos, Pinot Noir 2020
Chacra Treinta y Dos is a single vineyard wine, made from old vineyards planted in 1932 on a land layered with clay, sand and pebbles. The most structured of all Chacra’s wines, Chacra Treinta y Dos is meant to be aged. Its soft characteristics and velvety tannins, however, make it drinkable at a younger age. This red balances toasted spice and mesquite notes with the macerated cherry fruit character, remaining fresh through the mineral-tinged finish. 100% Pinot Noir Aged: 19 months in concrete tanks for 45% and 55% in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use French oak barrels 100% natural and unfiltered Organic and biodynamic
*Organic and Biodynamic Certified*
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.
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.
The climate is dry, with maximum humidity of thirty percent and an average of seven inches of rainfall annually. This aridity, coupled with the natural barrier of the surrounding desert, results in a complete absence of phylloxera and vine diseases. The air is pristine and without pollution, creating tremendous luminosity and purity of sunlight. During the ripening period, in the first quarter of the year, diurnal temperatures vary widely, ranging from an average of 82.4F (28C) during the day and 48.2F (9C) at night. The seasons are precisely defined, with hot summers, cold winters and mild springs and autumns. This consistency of climate enhances consistency of the wine from vintage to vintage.
98 points James Suckling
Red cherries, strawberries, spiced plums, violets, cloves, dried herbs, undergrowth and a touch of smoke on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Firm, mineral and tea-like tannin quality. Very focused and structured. (4/2022)
97 points Wine Advocate
There is a new unsulfured Pinot Noir from a vineyard planted in 1932, the 2020 Sin Azufre Treinta y Dos. It fermented in old open-top 228-liter French barrels, alternating destemmed grapes and full clusters, and it matured in barrel. It has 12.5% alcohol and good freshness and acidity, despite the warmer vintage. Despite being vinified and aged in barrel, the oak feels very integrated; they used older barrels here, to give micro-oxygenation but not the aromatic or gustative influence from the wood. In search of purity, they didn't use any press wine, and it shows in the result. This is also very precise, and tasted blind, it would be very difficult to say that this is a wine with no added sulfur. There's precision and cleanliness. Only 900 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020. (LG) (11/2022)