In 2004, Sassicaia’s Piero Incisa Della Rocchetta bought pinot noir vineyards planted in 1932 (treinta y dos) in Argentina’s Rio Negro Valley and set up Bodega Chacra, later buying and planting more. His spectacular pinots show there’s more to Argentina’s excellent red wines than bold, bright malbecs. Renowned wine curator, James Suckling, reviews and finds out top five vintages pinot noir from Patagonia to discover. Check the selection below.
Treinta y Dos 2012 Iodine, strawberry, stone and even blueberry. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. Starts slowly and
Iodine, strawberry, stone and even blueberry. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. Starts slowly and builds. Superb finish. Biodynamically grown grapes. 30% new wood ageing for two years. Old vine splendour. Great, but better in 2017.
Sin Azufre 2015
Fabulous aromas of incense, dried strawberry and rose petal. Full body, juicy and savoury. Intense and powerful. No sulfur. Natural wine. Give it three or four years to open.
Treinta y Dos 2015
A powerful pinot noir with dried strawberry and minerals plus a salty and white pepper character. Full body, silky tannins and a bright finish. Drink now.
A fantastic red with ginger, dried strawberry, wet earth and fresh leather aromas and flavours. Full body, silky tannins and a fantastic finish. Superb. Best Barda ever.
Sin Azufre 2014
Rich wine with dried strawberry and cherry character, plus spices and earth. Full-bodied and juicy. A completely handmade natural wine. Pushes the limits of coolness. Only 340 bottles made. From 60-yearold biodynamically grown grapes.
(Text by James Suckling)