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Bodegas Chacra

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Argentina.

the wines

Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2005
Second label. Declassified grapes of 32. Lovely rich, concentrated and glossy Pinot fruit. Touches of blackcurrant and very pure and glossy. The fruit is rich, sweet and very pure, with liquoricy concentration and lovely finesse. Very tight grained and firmly spicy. 89/100.

Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2006
Has a lighter, more fragrant nose, with more truffle and earth and sweet black fruit. The palate has lovely savoury acidity with a very refined fruit and that nutty, cherry and redcurrant fruit, with very nice warmth from smoky oak and good, ripe tannins. 90/100. $30

Chacra Cincuenta y Cinco 2006
The "Cincuenta y Cinco" from the 1955 vineyard, has a very nice nose here, with lovely cherry freshness. There's a touch of liquorice and black plum skin bite on the palate, with a lovely crisp acidity and very nice, smooth and svelte tannins with a lovely juicy fruit and acidity. Very firm black fruit. Lovely finesse and quality. 92/100. Around $100

Chacra Trenta y Dos 2005
Only just over 2,200 bottles were made of the "Trenta y Dos", from the 1932 vineyard. Terrific nose, with lots concentration without appearing too big. Plenty of bold black fruit and touches of truffle and wood smoke in the background. The palate has lovely structure, with raciness and firmness, though a touch less giving than the 2006 55. 91/100 $120

Chacra Trenta y Dos 2006
30% new oak. Real blackberry fruit concentration, with very refined, subtle spices. A touch of star anise and caraway seed. The palate also has a silky, tight, very focused palate, with racy tannins and fine concentration, and a svelte, pure, very long finish. This is a tightly-wound, black cherry acidity and fantastic sense of minerality and plum and cherry juiciness. 94/100. Around $120

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