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93 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil, 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

92 Points: 2015 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Finca Decero is making increasingly refined wines under Tommy Hughes. This Alto Agrelo Cabernet, produced from vines close to the road to Chile, sees 20% new oak and a typically fresh, polished red, showing scented cinnamon spice and fine cassis fruit. 2019-25. 92 Points

92 Points: 2016 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

Finca Decero’s vineyards in Alto Agrelo produce grapes with more freshness (and lower pHs) than the lower part of the sub-region and it’s apparent here on this elegant, refined, refreshing Malbec. The 20% new oak is stylishly done. 2020-26. 92 Points

91 Points: 2016 Decero Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc, Remolinos Vineyard

Released under the “mini ediciones” label, as there are only 1,600 to go round, this deeply coloured, sumptuously oaked Cabernet Franc isn’t overburdened with varietal character, but is well made and stylish with plush cassis and bramble fruit. 2020-26. 91 Points

91 Points: 2015 The Owl & The Dust Devil, 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

90 Points: 2016 Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard

A relatively subtle nose in spite of the ripeness. Moderately rich, with a long, quite dry finish that makes it feel a little less powerful than it really is. 90 Points

90 Points: 2016 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

A very nice cabernet for the difficult 2016 vintage with dried cherry, currants and toast aromas. Medium body, but with generous, supple tannins and some richness on the finish. 90 points

90 Points: 2016 Decero Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc, Remolinos Vineyard

From the red berry and herbal aromas, which follow through to the rather dry palate, you could almost mistake this for a red Bordeaux, but the finish is slightly too silky for that. 90 Points

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

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