2018 Domaine Nico Histoire D'A Pinot Noir, Mendoza

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I was introduced to the wines of Domaine Nico a few years ago at a tasting.  They wines were shown side by side with much more expensive Burgundies.  It was amazing how well they held their own against some pretty stiff competition., most of which priced out at $20-30 more per bottle. 

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. 

Location of Vineyard

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.

Winemaking Philosophy

Domaine Nico grapes are sources from small parcels through 15 different microvinifications.  All mincrovinifications were fermented with indigenous yeasts, some with whole cluster.   The wine ages in French Oak barels with low production across each.  

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94 Points

I simply love the 2018 Histoire d’A Pinot Noir. It's from a classic Mendoza vintage, dry, cool, sunny and with moderate yields in every region from the lowest to the highest altitudes. It combines the violets and red cherries with notes of blood orange peel and fine spices. This plot of vines on the Arianna Vineyard in Gualtallary has very shallow soils and an east exposure, which, combined with the vintage, has produced a very fresh and elegant wine, full of energy and light. It has refined tannin's and very clean and focused flavors. 


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