Archipelago Wines & Spirits

The Wine of the Month

2010 Barda Pinot Noir – Bodega CHACRA

Origin: Argentina, Patagonia

Smooth and light with cherry, cinnamon and tea aromas, this Pinot Noir shows flavors of red cherry and spice with an herbal element, leading to a sustained finish.

The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested. The wine spent one year in French oak. Bodega Chacra was founded in 2004 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta. The winemaker was Hans Vinding-Diers.Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The property’s situation in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the rivers banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level. The valley is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who observed the abundant snow melt flowing from the Andes and created an oasis in the middle of the desert.