Bodega Chacra

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Bodega Chacra is situated in northern Patagonia, the same distance from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The region has a dry and arid climate and is sheltered by the natural barrier created by the surrounding desert. The air is crystal clear, without pollution, and the sun shines with dazzling intensity. The climate in the region is very consistent, each season marked precisely, which means that vintages can be relied on for their consistent quality. Piero Incisa della Rocchetta first purchased the land for Bodega Chacra in 2004, and subsequently added to it over the years. He comes from a family of winemakers well known in the region. The vineyard, which was abandoned when he first purchased it, has thick, pure, gnarled Pinot Noir vines, planted over seventy years ago. The vines produce tiny bunches of small, concentrated berries which are harvested by hand. When fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred into barriques by gravity, without pressing or filtering. Bottling is done without fining or filtration. The idea is for the oak, the fruit and the nuances of the soil to blend perfectly so that the terroir is expressed to its fullest. Steve Tanzer made note of this distinctiveness during a tasting of the Wines of Argentina where he noted that Chacra Treinta y Dos contains deep, musky aromas of black cherry, licorice, violet, spices and underbrush. And that it is firm and minerally in the mouth, with very primary, energetic flavors of dark fruits and spices. Treinta y Dos finishes with solid but suave tannins and excellent tangy length and lift.


This wine is from Spain, Castilla Y Leon region, Toro sub-region. Numanthia is the estate's signature wine and uses the best grapes from the appellation. The winemakers aim to reveal and magnify the natural quality of fruit harvested at perfect maturity. The result is glorious fruit flavours and very complex aromas. Solidly built, with tannins that are both clear-cut and well integrated, Numanthia shows both power and precision.. Wine Spectator 93 points - This rich, generous red delivers plum pudding, dark chocolate and baking spice flavors, with loamy earth and licorice notes. The tannins are muscular but well-integrated, balanced by balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2028. 6,500 cases made. -TM.June/2017Wine Enthusiast 95 points - Deep, dense and pure from the opening bell, this Toro is a winner. Aromas of dark ripe black fruits are cool and moderately oaked. This feels massive on the palate but sensationally balanced. Flavors of blackberry, coffee, mocha and toasty oak finish spicy, smooth and heady. Drink this exemplary Toro through 2023..July/2017Wine&Spirits 91 points - The 2012 vintage was one of the warmest and driest in the last 50 years in Toro, but apparently the 50- to 100-year-old vines that provided the fruit for this wine managed the heat: This 2012 offers up a generous mouthful of fruit and spice flavor in a soft, round texture, toasted wood notes framing the wine. A domesticated Toro..June/2017Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Termes is pure Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) from a number of vineyards on sandy and stony soils aged in 30% new barrels for 12 to 15 months. There are some savory aromas mixing cured meat with the classical Tempranillo black raspberries, and some lactic and spice aromas (cola nut), with hints of granite and licorice. The palate shows good freshness within the ripe and powerful style of the zone; it has good balance between tannins, alcohol and acidity. This is the more drinkable of the three. Some 100,000 bottles produced per vintage..Luis Gutirrez, October/2015Decanter 92 points - A blend of over 100 plots of Tinta de Toro, a clone of Tempranillo specific to the Toro region. These are low yielding, ungrafted pre-phylloxera bush vines with an average age of between 70 and 100 years. The extraordinarily fine tannins have a unique sandy quality that lends sufficient texture. The palate has perfectly ripe black and red fruits, with baked strawberry and currant flavours, plush plum notes, menthol, iron and fresh tobacco. The finish has a minty acidity, alcoholic warmth and a decent length, although the young tannins currently prevent any persistency of fruit coming through. One for the cellar. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028.February/2017 TEMPRANILLO Wine SPANISH STILL WINE
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This wine is from Spain, Castilla Y Leon region, Toro sub-region. The award winning Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in Toro with vines that over 120 years old and at an altitude of 800 meters. The hyper-concentrated fruit produces considerable aromatic complexity and shows tremendous power on the palate with plenty of fleshy roundness and as much elegance and precision as it does intensity. This is a wine that will keep very well, gaining even more complexity in bottle.. Wine Spectator 93 points - Rich yet focused, this modern-style red delivers a mouthful of blackberry and currant fruit, framed by coffee and toast flavors, with mineral and sanguine accents. Drink now through 2021.-T.M..June/2015Wine Enthusiast 95 points - Warm, earthy, ultraripe aromas of blackberry, raisin and cassis announce a bold, forward, fiercely tannic palate. Flavors of lactic oak, baked blackberry, cassis and licorice finish long, toasty, dark and chocolaty. This is brash, powerful and modern. Lusty and built to age; drink from 2018-2032..Michael Schachner, September/2016Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2011 Termanthia is dark and brooding with notes of peat and damp earth, shoe polish and plenty of smoky, spicy notes from the barrel. The palate is full-bodied, but seems a little too extracted with drying tannins toward the end. It seems a bit too extracted and dry. It might improve with time in bottle, as it is too young. Drink 2015-2019..Luis Gutierrez, August/2014. Proprietary vineyard 'Teso los Carriles' situated in Argujillo (Zamora).Vineyard Size: 4.78 hectares (11.04 acres). Average altitude: 800 m. (2,625 ft). Geology: sandy soil with a large deposit of fine gravel on the surface. Sub-soil: clay-limestone.Age: planted with ungrafted vines in the second half of the 19th century.Variety: Tinta de Toro (100%), pre-phylloxera (own rooted Vitis vinifera) and autochthonous.Type of training: Head-trained in goblet. Vine Spacing: 3 x 3,5 m. (9.8 x 11.5 ft.).Number of Vines per hectare: 900 (365 per acre) Yield per hectare: 7.2 Hl. (76.92 gallons/acre).Soil amendments: Organic materialHarvest: Hand picked in boxes with rigorous selection of the fruit for optimum health and maturity. TEMPRANILLO Wine SPANISH STILL WINE
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