Bodega Chacra “Sin Azufre” 2019
Sin Azufre began as an experiment to see what would happen if you made a wine without any intervention; no temperature control, no pH readings and adjustments, and without the use of any sulfur.
The result is a wine that feels “alive,” that vibrates with energy and purity. Chacra was already doing conscientious work in the vineyard (farming biodynamically, encouraging biodiversity, etc) so it was a natural progression to attempt to make a wine as “naturally” as possible.
This year’s Sin Azufre, 100% Pinot Noir from their estate vineyard plot planted in 1955, is clean, expressive, and distinctly savory. The grapes are fermented in alternating layers of whole cluster and destemmed fruit, foot-crushed, and aged in a mixture of cement, neutral oak, and some steel. Bright red fruits mingle with notes of rosemary and soy sauce, a balance of umami and salinity that gives this wine a real sense of place. The palate is bright and lifted with soft, silky tannins. Despite the absence of sulfur as a preservative, this bottle held up for several days after opening.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The cuvée name indicates no added sulpfur. Spices, juicy red fruits and a herbal touch perhaps from stem inclusion. Designer Pinot. Lots of quality on display, nothing out of proportion.
This no-sulfur wine is extremely precise and floral with violets and poppies, as well as the purple fruit. Medium body. Chewy tannins that are slightly austere, yet fresh. Drink and enjoy.