Domaine Nico Pinot Noir Grand Pere 2020
|Region||Argentina, Uco Valley, Vallée d’Uco|
"This has intense, engaging aromas of dried cherries, grilled plums, chocolate, hazelnuts, dried orange peel and nutmeg. It’s medium-to full-bodied with silky tannins. Supple, bright and packed with sun-kissed fruit and spice. There’s plenty of tension, too. Tight finish. Drink after 2024." James Suckling 94 points Drink 2022-30
The difference between the 2020 Grand Père Pinot Noir and the Grand Mère comes from the soils, and this suffers less in warmer years because the plants get less stressed and have more water. So, within the riper style of the year, this has more austerity, but it's still juicy, medium-bodied and fine-boned, with 13% alcohol and some spiciness from the barrels in the finish. 14,994 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2021.
The 2020 Pinot Noir Grand Père from Villa Bastías, Uco Valley, was a third fermented in whole bunches before aging for 15 months in 20% new barrels. Cherry red in the glass, the aromatic profile features dried flowers, sour cherry and notes from the aging process as well as wax and herbs. Silky with fresh energy, herbal and clove flavors develop at the back of the mouth and are enhanced by the precise acidity; however, the tannins are a little rustic. Not as refined as in other years.