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Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This red wine is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The Cabernet gives the wine backbone and structure which is supported by the aromatics and silky profile of the Malbec. Petit Verdot and Tannat provide not only a rich core to the wine but also depth of character and flavor for superb ageing potential.

Blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot, 10% Tannat

Finca Decero takes augmented reality to the next level with a ground-breaking App recently created for The Owl & The Dust Devil, a Bordeaux-style Red Blend from the renowned Agrelo region in Mendoza. A first in the wine industry, this App fuses augmented reality with a whimsical, animated film and provides a multi-sensorial, interactive experience giving you the ability to touch the screen and blow into the phone to move the Owl, the Dust Devil and launch the film.

Download “The Owl & The Dust Devil” via Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Point your camera at the label on the bottle. Touch the owl into flight, swirl the dust devil and watch the animated short film as it appears directly on the label.

The inspiration for The Owl & The Dust Devil Red Blend comes from the mystical battle between the owls (protecting the vines from pests) and the whirlwind formations (a natural phenomenon in the unique Remolinos Vineyard) at Finca Decero in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. You can now experience this magical story yourself with a bottle in hand!

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WW 92
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: Making statements, yup! The Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil is what the Argentines are doing. The 2015 Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil—made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Tannat makes a statement that everyone should take note of and compare against their wines. This wine is an excellent value and drinks handsomely out of the chute. TASTING NOTES: The wine shows deep color and exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe fruits, graphite, and black earth. Formidable, yet smooth and nicely textured on the palate. Pair it now with grilled beef. (Tasted: February 9, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
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.
JS 91
James Suckling

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.

RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The second vintage produced, the 2015 The Owl and The Dust Devil is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Malbec (32%), Petit Verdot (19%) and Tannat (10%). It's impressively clean and focused for the difficulties of the year, which is something I noticed in other wines. In fact, it feels much better than the previous year and is elegant, balanced and nicely crafted, with herbal, peppery and varietal notes and a soft, polished, sleek mouthfeel.
TP 91
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A singlevineyard blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot, and 10% Tannat aged 18 months in French oak (40% new). The name refers to the dust devils that keep the vineyard dry and the predatory owls that protect the vines. Aromas of iron, grilled meat, and cherry cola lead to a plush, pretty palate of fennel and red fowers with fruity tones of raspberry and plum.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat is rich yet it well balanced. Its jammy berry aromas are creamy but also a touch reedy. On the palate, dark black fruit flavors show their herbal, peppery side. It finishes plush. Drink through 2021.
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Finca Decero, South America
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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.

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By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

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While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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