Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Barda is made with fruit from our 20-year-old vineyard, along with our “Treinta y Dos” (32) and “Cincuenta y Cinco” (55) vineyards, all located in the Rio Negro Valley within Patagonia. The grapes are picked in the early morning, before storage and de-stemming in a cool room to retain maximum freshness and acidity. 100% de-stemmed grapes are fermented in small, round, 100 hl cement tanks to maximize skin contact. The grapes undergo a 3-day cold maceration - the must is pumped over 1-2 times per day to maximize extraction of color, fruit and tannins. Fermentation on natural yeasts lasts about 2.5 weeks at 79 - 82°F. After fermentation, half the wine is racked by gravity into new French oak barrels of the highest quality; the other half goes into cement tanks. Natural malolactic fermentation lasts about 1.5 months, on the lees, after which the wine is racked once. Barda is aged in barrels and tanks for a total of 12 months.
Wine & Spirits2014 vintage
The 2014 harvest in Patagonia was not impacted by the unusually wet conditions which affected northern Argentina regions, such as Mendoza, compressing total harvest times to a matter of weeks. The harvest in Patagonia began slightly earlier than is typical due to a mild heatwave in February, however heavy rains did not reach the region until after harvest. Yields in 2014 were slightly below average, though grapes avoided issues with pests and overall quality is considered good.
Smooth with dusty berry, plum and caramel flavors, this elegant Pinot Noir has aromas of spice – medium-bodied with delicate, fine-grained tannins, the finish is satisfying and composed.
Pairs well with roast beef, salmon, swordfish and pastas with meat or seafood sauces.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Patagonia, Argentina
ACIDITY: 5.21 l/b
points of distinction
- 100% biodynamic and organic Pinot Noir
- No mechanization is used at any stage of harvest or winemaking
- Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels
vineyard details +
Cincuenta y Cinco Vineyard
Purchased in 2006, the 1955 vineyard consists of vines planted in that year. These old vines, growing on their own rootstocks, produce reduced quantities of concentrated fruit.
Treinta y Dos Vineyard
This was the founding vineyard of Bodega Chacra, acquired in 2004, and consists of a plot of land still supporting vines planted in 1932. These vines produce tiny bunches of small, concentrated berries. Because of the arid climate in the Río Negro Valley, the root louse phylloxera fails to survive here, and the vines can grow on their own rootstocks, a condition believed to produce superior fruit.
about the grape +
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
– Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, Owner
“I wanted to make pure, authentic Pinot Noir with its own special character—and then I found these forgotten, old vines in Patagonia….”