Don Nicanor is a line of premium wines from Nieto Senentiner, one of the major wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. Picked from ten year old vines and aged for twelve months in French oak barrels, the wine exhibits a bubble-gum/sweet Syrah nose. It is rich and opulent yet surprisingly light on the palate and refreshingly acidic (as opposed to some Syrah wines which exhibit a “fatty” aftertaste which coats the mouth like pork fat).
We were lazy and ordered in some empanadas, but for wine pairings Nieto Senentiner suggests grilled rabbit, duck, or tomato based pastas with mushrooms. (Although it also went quite well with our open-faced prune and mozzarella empandas!) The wine will age for roughly seven years, although it is ready for consumption.
Don Nicanor and Nieto’s other lines are available in the United States. We highly recommend their Don Nicanor Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon as well.