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90 Points: 2009 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Remolinos Vineyard is raised in 30% new oak. It has a very attractive bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, cedar and vanilla that is both floral and elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, grainy tannins. There is a tightly wound coil of blackberry fruit laced with pain grille and smoke that dovetails into an elegant but weighty finish. This is very well-crafted and deserves two years in bottle. Drink 2014-2022.

94 Points: 2009 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

12 Exciting Argentinean Wines: The 2009 Amano – Remolinos Vineyard is a blend of 60% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat aged entirely in new French oak for 20 months. It offers a very ripe, voluminous bouquet of mulberry, blackberry and melted tar with subtle undergrowth aromas. The palate is very well-balanced with juicy ripe red berry fruit laced with white pepper, orange rind and a touch of marmalade. It builds nicely to a ravishing yet fresh finish that has great persistency. If you are wondering, then the answer is -yes-: the 2009 Amano justifies the price tag. Drink now-2020.

90 Points: 2010 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

92 Points: 2009 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Wine of the Day: This is a beautiful, very young cabernet that needs an hour in a decanter or at least 2 years in the cellar to show its best. Once opened up, it shows a harmonious nose of cassis and blackberry fruit with violets, black olive, tobacco and oak spicy complexity. It is rich and full-bodied yet elegant with the ripe fruit well balanced by soft acidity and fine tannin giving it a savoury tone. Very good to excellent length. Try with game or roast meats. Best 2014 to 2020.

89 Points: 2009 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

91 Points: 2009 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

A blend of 60% malbec, 31% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot and 3% tannat: Bright, deep ruby. Cassis, minerals, mocha and milk chocolate on the nose, plus a whiff of exotic coconut. Suave and silky in the mouth, with lush, sweet flavors of cassis, menthol, fresh herbs and fruity dark chocolate. An impressively pliant blend, finishing broad and long, with nicely refined tannins coating the palate. Very well made, but I’d give it a year or two in the cellar before pulling the cork.

90 Points: 2009 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Medium ruby-red. Cassis, black pepper, bitter chocolate and a hint of violet on the nose, complemented by enticing oak tones. Suave, dense and fine-grained, with good peppery energy and violet lift to the black fruit flavors. A bit denser and darker than the 2009 cabernet sauvignon reviewed in Issue 154. Perhaps a bit youthfully monolithic in its texture but the wine’s ripe, dusty tannins and good finishing snap and lift suggest it will reward aging. Nuanced, complete petit verdot.

89 Points: 2009 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Bright red-ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry, currant, pepper, violet and licorice are complicated by notes of coffee liqueur and tobacco. Saline soil tones add a dimension to the silky dark fruit flavors. Today the wine’s acids and tannins have not yet come into full harmony, but there’s already shows plenty of personality. I’d wait 6 to 12 months before pulling the cork.

12 viner du bara måste prova! 2009 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

Ända sedan den första årgången av det här unga vinet, 2006, så har det fått genomgående stående ovationer. Ett hantverksmässig vin, därav namnet, från området Mendoza. Gjort på fyra olika franska druvsorter, som med var och ens unika profil ger vinet dess karaktär. Lät parfymerat men ändå stöddigt; klarar alla kraftiga kötträtter med bravur. Skulle säkert kosta det dubbla om det stod Bordeaux på etiketten.

Trophy Best Red Blend over $50: 2009 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

89 Points: 2010 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

Big peppery, liquorice, savoury, black cherry, meaty, garrigue aromas with a bit of tobacco and vanilla. Round, dry, smooth, supple and juicy palate but very warm. Black cherry, peppery, liquorice, vanilla, meaty, roasted, smoky herb flavours. Good concentration and intensity but a warm finish.

2009 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot

Decero betyder ungefär “från grunden”, och det här unga vinföretaget odlar och skapar sitt vin vid fotändan till Anderna i Argentina. Efter bara några årgångar visar de upp sina talanger rejält. Här är ett vin som smakar mer än det kostar. Koncentrerat, fylligt, packat med smaker av blåbär och björnbär och kanske lite lakrits, gjort på den utanför Frankrike ganska ovanliga druvan petit verdot. Ett modernt och tekniskt vin att dricka nu, till kraftiga kötträtter.

92 Points: 2008 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

‘2008 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot spent 16 months in 50% new French oak. Sexy aromas of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, licorice, espresso, and assorted black fruits lead to a dense, rich, structured offering mandating 4-5 years of additional cellaring. This powerful offering will be at its best from 2016 to 2023+.’

91 Points: 2008 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard

‘2008 Decero Amano is a blend of 64% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Petit Verdot and Tannat aged for 20 months in new French oak. The aromatics are reticent but with coaxing offer up notes of spice box, tobacco, and assorted black fruits. Savory, ripe, and plush on the palate, it displays a suave personality with good volume and length. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2013 to 2023.’

2009 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

‘2009 Decero Malbec (100%) was aged predominantly in 30% new French oak with 10% of the wine aged in tank. Notions of spice box, lavender, cedar, and black cherry set the stage for a forward, ripe, savory Malbec with good depth and length. Drink this excellent value over the next 5-6 years.’

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