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Go-To-Wine Tuesday

Posted on | May 31, 2011 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

The 2010 vintage from Bodega Chacra is simply outstanding, and their entry-level Pinot called “Barda” is a stunner, especially given that it’s only $26.  New and old school Pinot Noir fans alike will enjoy the bright fruit, refreshing acidity and soft tannins.

The Barda is a great wine for entertaining.  Its easygoing personality coupled with its ability to pair with food mean that this is something you want to have access to all the time.   It is hard not to enjoy this wine because you can serve this with just about anything under the sun: salami, cheese, grilled chicken, tuna steaks and roasted pork, just to name a few pairing suggestions.

Since purchasing the vineyards in 2004, Piero Incisa della Rochetta is on his way to producing Argentina’s best Pinot, if he’s not already doing so.  Every year his wines get better and better, and it has been fun to track them over the last few years. The 2010 Bodega Chacras are unique in the fact that these are the leanest wines made to date.  Alcohols are low, acidity is bit higher than previous vintages, and the aromatics are very pretty and high toned.  The elegance and pedigree of this estate really come through in this vintage. If you have ever had doubts about Argentinean wine  in general or Patagonian Pinot in general, this Barda is a wine that will change your mind.

 

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