Domaine Nico

Brand Description

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

Domine 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.  

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“Scented grapefruit, red berries, minerals, freshly sliced strawberries and moss. Really pure, bright, tense and ethereal in form. Extremely long, juicy and so transparent. Beautiful and impeccable.” — acclaim for 2022 Domaine Nico Grand Père from James Suckling, Feb 2024
“A touch of grilled oranges and moss to the red berries, minerals and chalk. Juicy and mouthwatering on the palate with a bright, acid-driven mid-palate and a mineral-coated texture. Super fresh, energetic, and bright. Nimble, fragile and vulnerable. Extrermely long, but subtle.” — acclaim for 2022 Domaine Nico La Savante from James Suckling, Feb 2024
“A little more color than the Grand Pere and Le Savante bottlings, but it remains really transparent. A touch of grilled grapefruit, wet moss, minerals and iron. Beguilingly full on the palate. The trick here is the texture and the mineral tension that offers expansion. Really fine, transparent and long, with little more tautness and structure.” — acclaim for 2022 Domaine Nico Le Paradis from James Suckling, Feb 2024
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