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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2006
Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2006
(search item no. 98100)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2006 was an excellent vintage in Agrelo. A cool winter with plenty of snow fall in the Andes was followed by a warm spring, resulting in excellent and even fruit set. Summer was characterized by warm days and slightly cooler than usual nights – excellent ripening conditions. Finally, little rainfall from late February to the end of harvest led to an outstanding vintage.

Most of the Remolinos vineyard consists of silty clay over sandy gravels. The yields for the plots that go into the Decero Malbec are around 3.5-4 tons an acres. Clusters are thinned to 1-2 clusters per shoot, are hand-picked, and then sorted twice. After maceration and a cold soak, the various malbec lots were fermented at different temperatures depending on their characteristics; slightly lower temperatures for the more aromatic parcels, and higher temperatures for parcels with more concentration. The wine was then gently basket pressed before going into French oak (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and 16 months maturation.

The Decero Malbec has a deep ruby color, with bright fruit and spice in the nose. Intense violet aromas and purity of raspberry and red fruit flavors are typical of the Remolinos vineyard. The wine has good structure, but remains elegant in the mouth, with a long finish, and a noticeably good acid balance.

"The nose offers up smoke, spice box, violet, blueberry, and black cherry leading to a smooth-textured wine with excellent concentration and some elegance. It has plenty of spicy, savory fruit, excellent balance, and a pure finish."
Wine Advocate

"Air reveals the seductive ripeness of this Malbec from Agrelo. Figs and chestnuts mingle over robust tannins. For a chorizo sandwich." 89 Points
Wine & Spirits

June 2009

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About Finca Decero:

Decero, meaning 'from scratch,' was born of a bare patch of land and a family's love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny's family goes back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother Adda in the 1970s, so too did the Agrelo sub-appellation in Mendoza capture the heart and mind of Thomas when traveling over the Andes into Argentina 20 years later. In Agrelo, perhaps now considered the source of Argentina's finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

The estate has followed an 'amano,' or 'by hand,' approach that is sensitive to natural differences, sustainable, and human. Their philosophy is to tread lightly in an environment they have come to know intimately, almost inch-by-inch, and allow the unique natural attributes of the Remolinos vineyard and of Agrelo shine to through in the wines. The vineyard at the estate is named "Remolinos" after the tiny whirlwinds in the area that thread their way along the vines, keeping the grapes dry and in perfect condition. The 110 hectare estate was planted in 2000 to Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (unusual for Argentine producers) and Tannat. All the Decero wines come from this single vineyard, all from hand-picked fruit.