Bodega Chacra Trienta y Dos 32 Pinot Noir 2018
Holy moly 100 points from James Suckling! A top rated Pinot Noir from the bottom of the globe. We can’t even begin to express how outstanding this wine is. Gorgeous ripe cherry and berry abound. Silky mouthfeel that glides across the palate with a comforting, lightly earthy oak and vanilla background. Balances toasted spice notes with wild fruit intensity, remaining fresh through to the long mineral-tinged finish. The most structured of all of Chacra’s wines, Chacra Treinta y Dos is meant to be aged. However, its soft characteristics and velvety tannins make it pleasant to drink even at a younger age.
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia. Founded in 2004 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the man has dedicated himself to producing world class Pinot Noir from one of the harshest and remote wine regions on the planet.
A neglected plot of Pinot Noir planted over 80 years ago forms the foundations of the label with more vineyards procured over time. Piero farms these sites in accordance with biodynamics, believing that healthy vines make the best wines.
Chacra Treinta y Dos is a single vineyard wine sourced from the first plot that Piero bought. The old vineyards were planted in 1932 on a land layered with clay, sand and pebbles. The grapes are hand-picked, carefully selected, gently pressed and then fermented at temperature below 20°C with indigenous yeasts in small cement vats. The wine is then aged for 19 months in concrete tanks for 45% and 55% in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use French oak barrels.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The structure of this is phenomenal and redefines pinot noir in Argentina. Aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, iodine, oyster shell, wet earth, fresh mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, tight and focused with chewy tannins and a long, extensive mouth feel. Better after 2024.
– 95 POINTS
These are the oldest vines at Chacra, planted on clay and limestone soils. Fresh and ethereal; enticing rose petal and summer berry notes, understated oak and a crunchy finish.
LUIS GUTIERREZ – 97 POINTS
The top-of-the-range 2017 Treinta y Dos is always released later than the other reds, as the élevage here is longer. The year was extremely low yielding and with natural concentration, a year of freakishly high temperatures (they had eight days at 53 degrees Celsius during their Christmas!). Grapes were healthy but smaller and they decided to pick extra early (this is also 12.5% alcohol), so the wine is less reflective of the natural weather conditions.
The full clusters fermented in open-top vats, and the élevage was 35% in concrete and the rest in used barrels and lasted for 14 months. There are notes of cherries, and there is a savoriness—almost saltiness—that makes it very tasty. The wine is integrated and balanced; there is a faint touch of volatility that lifts up the wine and helps to keep the freshness and poise. This is a superb effort for a very unusual year, but all the 2017s were great here. 6,696 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019.