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95 Points: 2018 Decero Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc, Remolinos Vineyard

“Wines of the Year: Best Cabernet Franc”

Now made with three different clones (312, 327 and R9), this Cabernet Franc was always good but has ramped up a gear in terms of perfume and complexity in 2018. Deeply coloured, leafy and refined, this has filigree tannins, layers of black cherry and red berry fruit, a twist of tangerine and nuanced oak. Outstanding. 2022-26.  95 Points

93 Points: 2017 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

“A variety that works very well here,” is Tommy Hughes’ correct assessment of Petit Verdot’s performance in the Remolinos Vineyard. Sturdy enough to stand up to 50% new oak, this is a spicy, floral, herbal red with the textbook tannins of the variety, refreshing acidity and the purity and balance that are features of the Decero wines. 2022-27. 93 Points

92 Points: 2017 The Owl and the Dust Devil Icon Blend, Remolinos Vineyard

Engagingly named – who is the dust devil, you wonder? – this is a very stylish cuvée of Malbec with the remaining 50% divided between Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Franc. Deeply coloured and concentrated, yet fresh and smooth, this is a seamless assemblage with fine tannins and blackcurrant, vanilla and orange zest flavours.  2021-2. 92 Points

91 Points: 2018 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

This is a stylish, well-priced Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet red berry fruit, cut grass top notes, granular tannins and some subtle wood spice. Impressive for such a big blend. 2021-25.  91 Points

91 Points: 2018 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Finca Decero’s production is dominated by this very well made Malbec, aged in 20% new wood and all sourced from its extensive Remolinos Vineyard. Yields were reduced by frost in 2018, but this is still finely balanced, with violet and bramble notes and a juicy, refreshing, tangy finish.  2021-24.  91 Points

93 Points: 2018 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

A tight, focused red with dark-plum and hazelnut character. Citrus, too. Medium to full body. Bright finish. Shows refined tension and beauty. Drink or hold. 93 Points

92 Points: 2018 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Fresh, leafy notes to the cassis aromas, but not over the top, with roasted spices and cedar. Fresh and juicy on the palate with fresh, blue-fruit flavors, a spicy-oak kick and linear, full tannin. Drink or hold. 92 Points

91 Points: 2018 Decero Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc, Remolinos Vineyard

This has a very fresh array of ripe red berries and a spiced biscuit-like edge to the nose, too. The palate has a supple, juicy feel with rich blue-fruit flavors. Drink or hold. 91 Points

92 Points: 2017 Decero Syrah, Remolinos Vineyard

This has a very attractive, ripe red-plum and blackberry nose with mulberries, too. The palate is smooth, sleek and polished with a supple, fresh and juicy feel and plenty of fine tannin bolstering the finish. Drink now. 92 Points

91 Points: 2017 The Owl & The Dust Devil Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Fresh herbs and a sappy edge to the aromas of red and dark plums here. The palate has medium body and a build of bold, dense yet fine tannin to close. Drink or hold. 91 Points

91 Points: 2017 The Owl & The Dust Devil Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

A ripe red-berry and cherry nose here with a gently spicy edge. The palate delivers such supple, fresh fruit with cocoa powder to close. Drink or hold. 91 Points

2017 Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot, Remolinos Vineyard

Sweet and luscious. Really very gorgeous texture. Floral and fresh. The Bordelais would surely kill to have this plumpness and completeness from their Petit Verdot. Long.  17/20

2018 Decero Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc, Remolinos Vineyard

Juicy and fuller on the mid palate than most Loire reds. Dry end but glossy and gorgeous with some fragrance. Polish. Well done!  17/20

2018 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Aromatic and energetic. Quite light tannins – more refined tannins than I would have expected from a 2018. Quite silky. Sweet and juicy – all pleasure!

2017 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Polished and smooth. But not at all heavy. Fine tannins. Long.

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