92+ pts Stephen Tanzer January 2010
(from a vineyard situated in the far south of the Mendoza region, at an altitude of 3,800 feet) Good ruby-red. Complex nose hints at black fruits, bitter chocolate, sexy oak and flinty minerality, plus a slightly medicinal quality. Then high-pitched and tightly wound, with terrific precision to the blackberry fruit. An intriguing leathery, earthy quality conveys a strong impression of soil. Finishes very ripe but youthfully closed, with building tannins. According to Nicolas Catena, this vineyard features shallower, less fertile soils than the Adrianna.
94 pts Wine Advocate August 2009
The 2006 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard spent 18 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it delivers a breath-taking bouquet of toasty oak, cinnamon, violets, incense, truffle, black cherry, and plum. Full-bodied, layered, dense, and rich, this Malbec manages to combine elegance and power. Sweetly-fruited, savory, and harmonious, it will evolve for 6-8 years and drink well through 2026.
95 pts Wine Spectator 10/31/09
Dense and layered, with loads of braised fig, currant paste, crushed plum and macerated blackberry fruit laced with licorice snap, black tea and spice notes. The long, broad finish has superb acidity buried deep, letting a floral hint skitter in the background. Shows impressive depth and range.
97 pts Wine Enthusiast
If the color doesn't tell the full story, the nose will: it's impeccably perfumed, round and sweet, with amazing fruit aromas and a toasty background. The feel is a lush and rich as they come, and there's outstanding purity to the lusty black fruit flavors. A masher with elegance. Maybe the best Malbec Argentina has ever produced. Drink from 2010-15.