Lunita Pinot Noir 2017
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
AVAILABLE MARKETS - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
Lunita’s grapes are completely de-stemmed and placed in small round cement vats. Because the local soils have a large component of clay, this wine is made by infusion and fermented on indigenous yeasts at temperatures that do not exceed 74 degrees Fahrenheit. It is fermented more by a process of infusion than one of extraction. The wine is then aged in its own lees in used French barrels and bottled without filtration.
New York International Wine Competition2017 vintage
Planet Grape2017 vintage
The 2017 Vintage started with pruning on the first week of June. Winter started a bit later than usual following a fairly wet autumn. Temperatures dropped to below freezing levels allowing for a complete cleansing of bugs, pest, disease and bacteria, giving space for regeneration. Spring was unusual in that it was particularly dry. Towards the end of spring, in the month of November, we were hit by an unexpected frost which affected nearly 35% of our production. However, the Summer of 2017 will go down as the warmest on record for the last 50 years with peak temperatures reaching 129 degrees Fahrenheit! This effectively sped up ripening so we decided to harvest by a little over two weeks. Despite the heat, the grapes were healthy and crunchy with no loss of aromatics. This can be attributed to the genetic material, which is all pre-phylloxera, as Chacra vineyards are all “masale” selection. The wine is bright, transparent, aromatic, and a tad more structured than usual.
Lunita shows a beautiful floral nose with predominant notes of rose petals, its tannins are very well integrated, soft and silky, a typical trait of old ungrafted vineyard wines. Its structure is present without being overpowering and it displays a long finish with cherry notes and a bit of earthyness.
Poultry, roast-beef, also stews and roasted vegetables, such as beets or other winter roots.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
ACIDITY: 5.34 g/l
AGING: 6 months in 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels and 3 months in cement
points of distinction
- A 100% biodynamic and 100% certified organic Pinot Noir
- Vines planted in 1950’s; low yields
- Aged on its own lees in used French barrels; bottled without filtration.
vineyard details +
Lunita vineyard is a small plot of ungrafted Pinot Noir vines of masale selection that is farmed in an organic and biodynamic fashion. The soil composition is a mix of clay, pebbles, sand and limestone, however the clay is the predominant element. The vines were planted in the 1950’s and have low yields.
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….”