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2011 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Barda Patagonia

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Medium red, a bit pale at the rim.  Reticent but ultimately highly perfumed aromas of strawberry, raspberry, flowers, pepper and herbs; showed a darker cherry cola note with aeration.  Precise, juicy and seamless, with a savory saline touch to the redcurrant and raspberry fruit flavors.  On the light side but subtle, energetic and long for pinot in this price range.  This bottling can be fascinating in the better vintages, and 2011 is obviously a strong year here.

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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