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92 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

The Remolinos vineyard at Finca Decero is home to a colony of owls who keep pests at bay. They sometimes mistake small dusty whirlwinds, that form in the vineyard from time to time, for pests, swirling down from their perch before returning disappointed shortly thereafter. This is a red blend with more cabernet than usual due to its high quality in 2015. It is 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10% Tannat and is an opaque purple red. The nose is fragrant with blackberry and blueberry fruit with fine well integrated oak spice with floral and mineral tones. The palate is smooth and rich and elegant with firm acidity to balance the abundant fruit and some fine tannin for grip on the finish. Excellent length. Try with a steak. Tasted July 2019.  92 Points

90 Points: 2016 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Full blackberry and blueberry fruit and soft tannins make this generous Mendoza red easy to enjoy.  A blend of 50% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Tannat and 4% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points

91 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

A single vineyard blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10%Tannat aged 18 months in French oak (40% new). The name refers to the dust devils which keep the vineyard dry and the predatory owls that protect the vines. Aromas of iron, grilled meat and cherry cola lead to a plush, pretty palate of fennel and red flowers, with fruity tones of raspberry and plum. 91 Points

GOLD: The Owl & The Dust Devil

The Owl & The Dust Devil was awarded GOLD at the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Competition based on the innovative, interactive label which combines augmented reality and animation film.

The Owl & The Dust Devil

Argentinian winery Finca Decero has brought to life a stunning one-minute animated film on the front of it’s the Owl & The Dust Devil wine label using AR which comes to life via your smartphone. + Read more

2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Truly groundbreaking wine.

WINE OF THE WEEK: JancisRobinson.com – 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Finca Decero in Mendoza evidently understand that to really grab a drinker’s attention, they need a story that is more memorable and more stirring than a simple claim. The Owl and The Dust Devil has got just such a story – and a brilliant way of telling it… In an industry where marketing and innovation is often an afterthought at best, this wine stands out for making the story of the wine so memorable.

GOLD LIST: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

“A ‘full-bodied and fresh’ addition to the Gold List, began an impressed Mattia Scarpazza of Petersham Nurseries, going on to describe ‘sweet baked notes of spiced black cherry and raspberry’. Carolina Seibel of Portland Restaurant noted signs of ‘development, with red and dark fruits, some leafy and orange peel notes on the nose, leading to candied lingonberry fruit with very fine, intense tannins’. Enamoured of its ‘complex layers of cigar box, tobacco and earthy notes’, Sahar Gharai of La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge (California) saw this as a perfect match for grilled entrecôte.  Gold List, Sommelier Wine Awards 2018”

2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

This is 6 stars, 5 is usually our max, but this is some GOOD STUFF. This is the perfect wine for us, great taste for you and a technical app for me!

93 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Finca Decero’s evocatively named cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and a little Tannat is now into its second edition. The Petit Verdot provides lots of structure here, giving backbone to the sweet, succulent dark berry fruit. Fresh acidity cleans the palate and lengthens the finish. 2019-25. 93 Points

91 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

This starts off all floral charm, but in the finish there’s some serious structure and in between there’s a lot of pleasure to be gained from this well-balanced blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot and tannat. Drink or hold. 91 Points

92 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2015 Owl & the Dust Devil is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and the rest Tannat that saw 18 months in 40% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied, elegant blend gives up plenty of black and blue fruits, violets/spring flowers, and a hint of menthol. It has outstanding purity of fruit, moderate tannin, and is already drinking great. 92 Points

90 Points: 2014 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Perfumed and juicy with blackberry and cherry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a silky and refined finish. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and tannat. Drink or hold. 90 Points

90 Points: 2014 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Rich and well-structured, with loads of minerality to the pepper-accented dried raspberry and red plum flavors. Hazelnut details linger on the plush, cream-filled finish. Drink now through 2020. 90 points

92 Points: 2014 The Owl & The Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Decero bases all its wines on fruit from Remolinos, a vineyard in the highest part of Agrelo.  This bottling is based on Malbec (43 percent), which sets out a lovely layer of violet-scented cherry fruit, while Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Petit Verdot provide firmness and flavor detail.  A complex wine to pour with rosemary-braised lamb.  92 Points