Domaine Nico Grand Pere Mendoza Pinot Noir 2017 (Argentina) Rated 93VM

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VinoUS Media Review
Rated 93
Bright medium red. Slightly liqueur-like aromas of raspberry, strawberry, loamy spices and coffee, lifted by a topnote of rose petal. Lovely supple, pliant Pinot Noir with sweet red fruit and spice flavors nicely buffered by integrated acidity. Combines noteworthy silky depth with serious inner-mouth lift to project a sensation of weightlessness. Finishes juicy, firm, saline and long. Very suave Pinot with mid-term aging potential. My second bottle of this wine was even better, as it began very tight and minerally, then opened slowly with air to show increasing richness and tangy red fruit character. Domaine Nico is a project of Laura Catena, whose family originally planted this Tupungato vineyard on stony soil at about 4,200 feet in 1994 with Dijon clones; she also has Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon on this site but not Malbec). The Domaine Nico wines are made without any new oak by 30-year-old winemaker Roy Urvieto, who previously spent 10 years as assistant to Alejandro Vigil, head winemaker at Catena Zapata. Drink now-2026.

James Suckling Review
Rated 93
This has very attractive, fragrant allure. Super complex, with a subtly savory side to the nose and a powerful, focused palate. Assertively linear tannins. Very focused, very chiseled and very long. Dark and red-cherry flavors abound. A parcel of the first pinot noir parcel planted by Catena in 1986. Drink in the next five years.

Elegant and classic Pinot Noir that fits the name "Grandfather". Laura Catena has a profound respect for what grandparents do for children, and she wanted to honor their love and wisdom with this wine.

Wine Tasting Notes
Intense fresh red fruits, medium-high acidity. Low perception of alcohol. Fine and silky tannins with a lengthy finish.

100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol 13.0%
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