Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
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. And while their home of Agrelo is recognized for red varieties 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 Cabernet is defined by its cherry and spice aromatics and with an emphasis on red fruit flavors. The structure is elegant with highly integrated tannins. Aging in French oak gives the wine a decided elegance with finesse on the long finish.
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.
Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, the unique Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage. The soils are alluvial and colluvial: Malbec from coarse soil, Cabernet from gravel-rich soil and Petit Verdot and Tannat on the lowest vigor sites.
The clusters are selected on a sorting table prior to destemming, and individual berries are selected on a sorting table after destemming. The must underwent a 3-7 day cold soak, followed by a 10-day fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82-86 degrees and finally a 15-18 day extended maceration period. The wine was gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and 14 months maturation.
The forecast of the 2016 vintage was set to be similar to the cool, rainy 2015 vintage. With this in mind, the winery plucked leaves not only on the east facing but also on the west facing canopy to ensure good airflow in face of cool rains. In reality, the intermittent rains stopped in January and the dry February and March saw phenolic ripeness achieved. Due to the dry final 6 weeks of maturation and the leaf plucking, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows darker fruit flavors and slightly spicier note profile balanced by a long finish and good acidity.
2016 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis, some dark fruit flavors with complementary spice notes and a long finish with supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in French oak barrels.
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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