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 100% hand-picked in the early morning, before storage and de-stemming in a cool room to retain maximum freshness and acidity. The 100% destemmed 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 70 - 77°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.
The 2016 vintage presented sanitary challenges due to frequent rain and humidity. Spring was cool and rainy, followed by a very cool and humid summer. February and March were uncharacteristically cool as well, causing delays in the maturity of the grapes. 2016 was a challenging vintage that required constant maintenance to ultimately produce wines with good acidity and moderate alcohol levels. The wines are elegant and balanced with intense aromas and great freshness.
A beautiful nose mixing red and black fruit aromas with a spicy twist; earthy, very subtle, starting to show some complexity even at this early age. Very fine tannins, great acidity and balance, Barda is supple and tasty, with a savory finish. It has a citric, blood orange-like freshness that is noticeable mostly in the finish. Stunning, and an excellent value.
Pairs well with roast beef, salmon, swordfish and pastas with meat or seafood sauces.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Patagonia, Argentina
AGING: 8 months in French oak barrels
points of distinction
- 100% biodynamic and organic Pinot Noir
- No mechanization is used at any stage of harvest or winemaking
- Aged 8 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….”