Name: Bodega Chacra 'Barda' Pinot Noir
Sub-Region: Rio Negro
Producer: Bodega Chacra
Varietal: Pinot Noir
James Suckling Review: 94 Points
"A brambly array of bright, ripe dark fruit with a lithe and juicy feel that carries a bold, deliciously fresh array of dark-cherry and blueberry flavors long on the finish. Zingy and energetic. 10 to 15 per cent stems in fermentation. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold."
Vinous Review: 90 Points
"Full medium red. Red cherry, plum and raspberry aromas are lifted by spices, pepper and herbs. At once supple and juicy, showing lovely spicy/peppery lift to the middle palate. Adamantly dry but with plenty of red fruit intensity complicated by notes of earth and meat. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and good spicy lift. As in most vintages, this is a nuanced, very fresh Pinot Noir for its price range."
- Stephen Tanzer
Wine Advocate Review: 93 Points
"The 2018 Barda saw 60% of the volume matured in concrete to keep the freshness and crunchiness of the Pinot Noir fruit in the wine, and the rest was in barrels for eight months. It's lighter than 2017, which was very concentrated given the extremely low yields, and the wine goes back to the balance of previous years (with normal yields); there's great harmony and purity here. The palate is fresh, the flavors are clean and pure and there is great length. There's great energy. It has to be one of the finest vintages of Barda. This is an incredible value, a great Pinot Noir from Río Negro at a very attractive price point. 2018 saw good yields, and they were able to produce around 100,000 bottles."
- Luis Gutierrez