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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: 2014 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

A fresh and delicate malbec with light raisin, currant, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors. Tangy. Drink now. 92 Points

92 Points: 2014 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Extremely fresh and clean with currant, lavender and other flowers. Full body, silky and beautiful tannins and a rich finish. Shows intensity. Drink now or hold.  92 Points

90 Points: 2013 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

Very juicy and ripe wine with dried berry and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, velvety tannins and a meaty finish. Syrah. Drink now. 90 Points

95 Points: 2011 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2011 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard (A mano means by hand, the way all operations for this wine are performed) is a well-oaked, modern and clean blend of 64% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Tannat that smells of the finest barrels money can buy and pristine ripe fruit. The nose offers a showy mixture of red and black berries with hints of violets and something mineral. The palate feels very polished, the signature of the house, with ultra-refined tannins showing superb winemaking and great balance of all components. Lively acidity also provides very good freshness. Only the very best fruits can take 20-22 months in brand new barrels as is the case here. This will live long in bottle. 95 Points

92 Points: 2012 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Decero produce some of the best Petit Verdot in Argentina, and they are capable of convincing the skeptics with examples like the 2012 Remolinos Vineyard Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot that does not show the aggressiveness often associated with the grape. There is perfect ripeness here, no excess and no charred or toasted sensations either from the grape or the élevage (which is always pristine at this address). Polished tannins, very good balance and a sleek palate, the house signature is also applied to this finicky Bordeaux grape.  92 Points

91 Points: 2013 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2013 Malbec Remolinos Vineyard is from their estate Remolinos Vineyard in Agrelo that was planted in the year 2000. It has a clean nose with very well-integrated oak and a fruit-driven nose full of violets, berries, good freshness and elegance. The palate is very balanced and fresh with no edges. It is simply delicious. 91 Points.

93 Points: 2012 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Comparisons can be hideous, but in a close look at different vintages together shows the differences and how the wines show (or not) the character of the vintage. The 2012 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard has a slightly different blend to the 2011, and here it is 57% Malbec, 39% Cabernet, Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, slightly higher in Cabernet and without the pinch of Tannat found in other vintages. 2012 was riper and it shows with darker fruit and more evident oak (it’s also one year younger) where toasty aromas and flavors are more noticeable. Also, the ripe berries and the fresher, red fruit has turned into plums rather than cherries. Even though, it’s a superb example of a classical Mendoza blend with no edges and very good balance. It clearly shows the place and the vintage on the label, as it should be. 93 Points.

90 Points: 2012 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

A spicy, rich and ripe red with plum and mushroom character. Full body, round and has lightly velvety tannins. Single vineyard from the Agrelo subregion. Flavourful finish.

91 Points: 2012 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Pure Petit Verdot is hard to come by and this is an excellent example with hints of dried fruits and spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

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