Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2015
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James SucklingA fantastic red with ginger, dried strawberry, wet earth and fresh leather aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fantastic finish. Superb. Best Barda ever.
Wine AdvocateThe entry level, drinkable, fresh and primary 2015 Barda was produced with Pinot Noir grapes from their two flagship vineyards, 1932 and 1955. It fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, including malolactic. Half of the wine was kept in concrete, 20% put in stainless steel and the remaining 30% matured in new and second use French oak barrels for eight months. They consider 2015 one of their finest vintages to date, a year with very cold nights in March, which helped achieve good slow ripeness, with a frost at the end of the month which accelerated the end of the harvest. It had a beautiful nose mixing red and black fruit aromas with a spicy twist and something earthy, very subtle, starting to show some complexity even at this early age. They are using less new oak as they are buying some used barrels from Dujac; the effect of the oak here is really unnoticeable, the wine is all about the grape, with very fine tannins, great acidity and balance. It 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 very good value. 90,000 bottles produced.
Wine EnthusiastSpicy, medicinal cherry, tomato and herb aromas lead to a palate with rubbery tannins and moderate astringency. A fresh and tasty mix of spicy, rooty berry flavors ends with brushy, herbal, chocolaty notes on the finish.
Wine SpectatorConcentrated red cherry and raspberry flavors are fresh and juicy in this open-textured red. The spicy finish lingers with forest floor notes. Drink now through 2019. 3,000 cases imported.