Did a tasting this week with a friend who isn’t a fan of Pinot Noir; finding them to be less structured and lacking body. I was on a mission to change his perception and knowing he loved Argentinean wines, we pulled out the big guns — the 2018 Chacra Treinta y Dos Pinot Noir. At first it was slow to open so I was sweating bullets that my plan failed. But, as the night progressed, it opened up beautifully.
Organic and biodynamic, “32” is made from single-vineyard vines planted in 1932 (hence the name). This is a serious multi-layered Pinot Noir that can be stored and enjoyed over a decade later. Yes, we opened it up early (probably best to wait till 2024), but it was still amazing. Thankfully, I have another bottle cellared!
Insanely silky, earth-driven, and spicy. Aromas and flavors of red cherry and strawberries consume you. Definitely decant for a few hours so your first sip is as good as your last.
We do have to give a huge shout out to San Román’s 2016 Toro ($48). If we didn’t pull out the 32, hands down the Toro would have dominated. A great expression of organic Spanish Tempranillo. Great balance, freshness, and fine tannins. Aromas and flavors of blueberries and blackberries. (WA 94; JS 92).
2018 Chacra Treinta y Dos Pinor Noir ($99.99)
James Suckling’s #1 Wine of 2020
4.3 Vivino Stars
“The structure of this is phenomenal and redefines pinot noir in Argentina. Aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, iodine, oyster shell, wet earth, fresh mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, tight and focused with chewy tannins and a long, extensive mouth feel.” — James Suckling
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