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94 Points: 2014 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

The flagship cuvée is the 2014 Amano, comprised of 66% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot and Tannat, all from the Remolinos Vineyard and aged in new French oak. It has classic Malbec blue fruits as well as terrific minerality, notes of violets and peppery herbs, full-bodied richness, and a pure, elegant, incredibly balanced profile. This tour de force in Argentina Malbec should be snatched up by readers. It can be drunk today or cellaring for 7-8 years. 94 Points

92 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil, 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: 2016 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2016 Malbec Remolinos Vineyard is a big, ripe, opulent effort that, like the 2015, is a terrific value. Blueberries, jammy black raspberries, ground pepper, and underbrush all give way to a ripe, full-bodied Malbec that has terrific purity and balance. It’s a sexy fruit bomb to drink over the coming 4-5 years. 90 Points

91 Points: 2015 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2015 Malbec is a smoking value. Made from 100% Malbec aged in 30% new French oak, it gives up lots of blue fruits, pepper, and leafy herbs in a medium to full-bodied, forward, elegant package. Impeccably balanced, clean, and pure, it’s a terrific Malbec to drink over the coming 4-5 years. 91 Points

Top 100 Wines of 2017, 91 Points ‘Smart Buy’: 2015 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

An elegant style, with a core of vibrant cherry, plum and currant flavors that are supported by fresh acidity. This is supple mid palate, with a finish that lingers with dried ginger and white pepper details. Drink now through 2022. Smart Buy 91 Points

90 Points: 2014 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

13 Wines to Welcome Fall: The top Cabernet on this list, from Finca Decero, hails from the Agrelo sub appellation of Mendoza. The 400-acre Remolinos vineyard is situated at 3,500 feet above sea level, at the base of the Andes Mountains, where cool winds sweeping down from the mountains promote vibrant acidity in the wine.  Dense, offering chiseled flavors of dark plum, dried berry and dark chocolate. Notes of dried green herbs and spice extend on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2020. 90 Points

90 Points: 2014 The Owl & The Dust Devil, 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: 2015 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

A dense and velvety cabernet with currants, chocolate and hints of oak on the nose and palate. Full body, chewy tannins and a savory finish. A little hot on the finish but this closes things off nicely. Drink or hold. 90 Points

90 Points: 2015 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Quite a lot of dried fruit on the nose with spice and mahogany aromas. Medium body, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Fruity and fun. Drink now. 90 Points

92 Points: 2014 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

There’s a rich and fruity character to this with lots of dried-berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, round and velvety-textured. Flavorful finish. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and tannat. Drink now. 92 Points

90 Points: 2014 The Owl & The Dust Devil

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

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

94 Points: 2013 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

The top of the range, the 2013 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard is superb in a fresh vintage like 2013. This time the blend was 65% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat. The élevage might sound a bit brutal, with 20-22 months in brand new oak barrels, but sometimes longer is better once you have used new barrels and although it’s slightly oaky and smoky, all the violets and cherries are also there, and I’m sure it’ will develop into a nice bottle of Agrelo. The palate reveals sophisticated tannins and elegant balance, with good freshness and a remarkable finish. Patience should be rewarded. 94 Points

93 Points: 2013 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

An intense and focused red with terra-cotta and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Drink now or hold. 93 Points

92 Points: 2013 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

A juicy and rich wine with dried berry, shaved chocolate and hints of tea. Full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Some lemon rind undertones. Drink now. 92 Points

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