"La Savante or "The Scholar" in the feminine, pays homage to the scholarly women, who can be feminine and serious at the same time, like this wine.
Clone 115 was fermented with 20% whole clusters and indigenous yeast in Oak roll-fermentor of 600L and close 777 was fermented with 50% whole clusters and indigenous yeast in small stainless-steel tanks of 500L. Punch-down extraction was done by hand. 7-10 days of maceration with malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
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.
Red fruit with presence of herbs such as thyme, spices, and clove. Medium-high acidity, low alcohol, slight minerality alongside integrated oak and grainy tannins."
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: DO Valle de Uco, Mendoza
Vineyard: El Mirador
Farming Practices: Certified organic
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 20% new, 80% second use
Winemaker: Roy Urvieta
95 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2020 La Savante Pinot Noir was produced with fruit from the vineyard called El Mirador, 1.45 hectares planted in 1994 with Pinot Noir clones 115 and 777 in the monastery part of Gualtallary at 1,450 meters in altitude; the vineyard is certified organic. 2020 was a warmer year, and the wine shows it when you taste it next to the 2021, which is cooler. This is a little rounder, with 13.5% alcohol and mellow acidity, with more cherry than flowers, tasty and juicy. It finishes dry and chalky. 5,953 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019." -LG, 11/30/22
93 Points - Vinous
"The 2020 Pinot Noir La Savante from Gualtallary, Uco Valley was aged for 15 months in 30% new barrels. Cherry red in color. The nose presents notes of anis, herbs and damp earth with cinnamon and a little ripe cherry along with elegant aromas from the aging process such as cedar and sweet spices. Intense in the mouth, the oak provides a framework for the fresh, chalky palate." -JH, Sep/2022