2013 Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir "Treinta y Dos" Rio Negro (Previously $100)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Treinta y Dos was the first vintage when there was no new oak whatsoever in the aging of the wine. Limpid, bright ruby-colored and showing a very subtle nose, this elegant and young wine is starting to show signs of complexity. There are nuances (wild herbs, fennel) that I didn't see in other vintages. There is tension and a fine thread of acidity, filigree, poise and great length. It has gobsmacking balance and great length. While it looks light, there is tremendous inner power, in the way of a powerful ballet dancer rather than a bodybuilder. Complete and long, this should age superbly in bottle, but it's hard to resist now. World-Class Pinot Noir from Patagonia. Super! (LG)
Complex aromas of rose blossom, cherry blossom, and more flowers. Bright strawberry and cherry fruit too. Full-bodied, very structured and powerful with layers of ripe fruit, yet balanced and fresh. Firm and formed with muscle. Made from 83-year-old vines that are biodynamically grown. Aged two years in 30% new oak.
Bright medium red. Pungent aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, minerals and sandalwood, plus a hint of peppery spices. Silky and quite dry, showing lovely inner-mouth clarity and lift but only moderate flesh and sweetness. The adamantly dry finish hints at fresh herbs and spices. I never would have guessed that this Pinot was carrying 14% alcohol. Needs time to unwind but will it eventually blossom in the bottle? With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this wine showed intriguing aromas of mint and quinine and a distinctly silkier texture, with a sweet, savory raspberry flavor emerging. The wine performed admirably in a flight of 2012 red Burgundies I happened to be tasting and I raised my score accordingly. (ST)
Refined and powerful, with concentrated red berry and roasted plum flavors that are generously spiced. Medium-grained tannins, with lush sandalwood and creamy notes on the rich finish. (KM, Web-2016)