Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
As the flagship of the estate, Decero Amano takes its name from our “amano” or “by hand” approach. Each year, the wine is masterfully blended using the most distinctive parcels from the Remolinos Vineyard. A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat, the wine is characterized by its warm aromas of leather, liquorice and baked black plum. World-renowned wine critic, Luis Gutierrez, of The Wine Advocate, once described the wine as “pure silk, with a kind of Audrey Hepburn perfection.”
Within a few vintages, Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. 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.
All fruit is sourced from the estate’s Remolinos Vineyard, which at 3,500 feet, is the highest vineyard in Agrelo, characterized by sandy clay loams over gravels. Yields are around 1.8-2 tons an acre.
The must underwent a 7 day cold soak, followed by 10-12 days of fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks and finally a 35-42 day extended maceration period. The wine was gently basket pressed before going into new French oak barrels for 20 months maturation followed by a year in bottle prior to release. The wine consists of 66% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Tannat.
The 2014 vintage was one of the coolest in Decero’s history. After the temperatures in December and January being above average, the temperatures dropped dramatically in February which, combined with summer rain, delayed grape maturation by nearly one week, as autumn progressed the temperatures remained below average and very cool. These climatic conditions resulted in each of the varieties showing high levels of acidity and very elegant in profile.
2014 Decero Amano encapsulates aromatics, balance, elegance and a silky profile for which the wine is renown. The wine is an ethereal expression which always seems greater than the sum of its parts.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Certified sustainable and vegan. Minimal machinery is used – there are no tractors in the vineyards, and all fruit is hand-picked and gravity fed in the winery. Sprays are minimal and at organic levels, irrigation is drip, and all water at the winery is re-used. The winery encourages natural biodiversity, such as lechuza owls which prey on vine pests.
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Jeb Dunnuck - "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."
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A core intensity of red fruit flavors and lifted violet aromas remain the signature of Malbec from the estate’s Remolinos Vineyard. This is exquisitely balanced by freshness of acidity and an elegant integration of French oak which adds complexity to the rich mid palate.
Agrelo is recognized for red varieties and while it has been acknowledged for its high-quality Malbec it has also become known as the source of some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon emanating from Argentina. The wine has a beautiful, full-bodied structure that comes across effortlessly due to the hallmark Decero refinement.
As the name suggests, Mini Ediciones are highly limited parcels of wine. From lesser known varieties, these wines are wholly expressive of the Remolinos Vineyard and represent an opportunity to taste a variety rarely seen in a pure form. In 2006, in recognition of its unique potential from the coarse, low vigor soils of our Remolinos Vineyard, the winery first selected a few exceptional barrels of wine to make a well-deserved Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot.
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