2013 Chacra, "Patagonia" Pinot Noir

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Press and Tasting Notes

The grandson of Sassicia could make wine anywhere in Italy. But where did he go to stake his claim? The remote corner of Argentina. Chacra is some of the finest PInot Noir we've tasted. It combines the best elements of Burgundy, Oregon and California. Beautiful purity with dark and red cherry, cola and spice. Rose petals with a lush, velvety ... Read More »

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Featured March 16, 2015

THE REVIEW

Sassicaia, arguably one of the finest Super Tuscans, was merely a dream in 1948. The thought of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties in an Italian sea of Sangiovese was laughed at. Who's laughing now?
    Today, Grandson Piero, is following in his grandfather's footsteps as a visionary in the wine industry. Though he could continue his heritage of making world-class Italian reds, he is instead producing some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world. And not Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Oregon or California. He has staked his claim in the southern most tip of the world. And like his grandfather, these wines are quickly turning skeptics into believers.
    Thousands of miles from the Tuscan coast lies the remote, secluded corner of Argentina known as the Rio Negro. Located in Patagonia, the Rio Negro is the southernmost viticultural valley in Argentina. The valley's southern location has chilly nights, which add the finesse and freshness that frames Piero's Pinots.
    Always passionate about Pinot, Piero was first drawn to the the valley after a blind tasting in which he thought he nailed a Grand Cru Burgundy, when in reality it was an Argentinian wonder. His interest quickly turned to obsession and now he is about to usher in a new era in the world of wine. This Super South American drinks like a Burgundy of the future. But the future is here, and lucky for us the prices are nowhere near Sassacaia....yet. Read More »

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