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Chacra 'Barda' Pinot Noir, Rio Negro Valley, Patagonia, Argentina 2022

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PINOT NOIR
EARTHY & COMPLEX
ORGANIC FARMING
STAFF FAVORITE
RIO NEGRO VALLEY and PATAGONIA
ARGENTINA
Barda is the local term for “eroded steep slope” Often perceived as the “village level” Pinot Noir at Chacra, Barda is sourced from the estate’s selection-massalle “youngest" ungrafted vines planted in the 1990s.
  • Winemaker: Piero Incisa della Rocchetta
  • Farming: Biodynamic
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Terroir: The soil of the Rio Negro Valley, an ancient riverbed composed of limestone, sand, and clay, coupled with the Valley's pristine pollution-free air and tremendous luminosity, make for ideal conditions to grow Pinot Noir.
  • Vinification: Native yeast fermentation in equal parts concrete and French oak, 15% of which is new.
  • Aging: 8 months in 40% concrete and 24% French oak (5% new), 35% stainless steel. Bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal sulphur.
  • Tasting Note: Pure, minerally and powerful, with concentrated flavors of red plum and dried raspberry, loaded with powerful meaty notes. Sandalwood accents linger on the finish, showing caressing tannins. Its structure being rather airy and open, Barda was conceived to be consumed while still fresh and young.
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In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, grandson of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta (founder of Sassicaia) purchased the first of Bodega Chacra's vineyards, a property with an existing, though abandoned, vineyard planted in 1932 in the Rio Negro Valley in northern Patagonia. This vineyard of gnarled and ungrafted Pinot Noir vines was later added to a neighboring vineyard of vines planted in 1955. With these old vineyards, ostensibly in the middle of nowhere, Piero has created a winery that exists outside of the usual New World vs. Old World debate and is redefining what is possible with Pinot Noir (and now Chardonnay with the help of Jean-Marc Roulot) in the Southern Hemisphere.