94 pts James Suckling
Aromas of dried violets, currants, sour cherries, porcini mushrooms, cocoa and lemon zest. It’s full-bodied with tight, fine-grained tannins framing chewy layers of spiced, dried and ripe fruit. This needs time to open and soften. More fruit-forward than the other four bottlings this year. Try after 2024.
93 pts Wine Advocate
“I love the 2019 Grand Père Pinot Noir, which shows great freshness and a strong mineral sensation in the palate. It’s very Burgundian, with moderate alcohol and ripeness and silky tannins.”
Domaine Nico is the world’s first extreme high-altitude parcela Pinot Noir. It is an unusual location for the New World with limestone soil of alluvial origin and cool climate and a labor of love for the Catena family.
The vineyard is named after Laura’s daughter, Nicola, whose name pays homage to Nicola Catena, Laura’s great-grandfather and founder of the Catena winery in 1902.
Laura has been in love with Pinot Noir since her first travels to France as a teenager. A self-avowed francophile, Laura studied French throughout university. She has a lifelong obsession with authors Sartre and Camus, as well as with the Louvre and the Centre Georges Pompidou, where she has spent countless hours.
With Domaine Nico, Laura borrows from France in the names of the wine parcels and in the concept of individual terroirs, but also plays with the words to give the wines a modern twist that’s reflective of their style.
With 3,675 to 4,921 feet of elevation, Domaine Nico is the world’s first extreme high-altitude parcela Pinot Noir. Parcels are extremely small and range within the Uco Valley from Villa Bastais to Gualtallary all within the Tupungato region. With Domain Nico, the Uco Valley proves itself to be a new terroir for the highest quality Pinot Noir.