Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc 2017
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. The wines all come from the single Finca Decero vineyard, and the winery’s focus is entirely quality focused.
Finca Decero’s Mini Ediciones Cabernet Franc is one of the winery’s three “rare varieties & limited edition” wines. Of this vintage on 4,793 bottles were made. The wine shows nuances of bell pepper, graphite and plum notes with fresh aromatics and taunt acidity resulting in a well-structured Cabernet Franc with great potential for aging.
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 Franc from gravel-rich soil and Petit Verdot and Tannat on the lowest vigor sites.
Fermentation: Pre-fermentation cryo-maceration for 48 hours at 21-23 degrees F in 600L French Oak barrels. 14 days cold soak. Cool alcoholic fermentation at 59-72 degrees F to preserve aromatics and freshness of flavors. Further maceration during 10-13 days, then racking, followed by malolactic fermentation in 600L French Oak barrels.
Aging: 16 months in 600L French Oak barrels.
On the lead up to vintage 2017, Mendoza experienced a moderate and dry winter with temperatures slightly above average. During the following cold, dry spring, the later development of Cabernet Franc meant it was unaffected by the early spring frost. The quality of 2017 Cabernet Franc is marked in the perfect balance of fruit which had vibrant acidity and lifted freshness of aromas and flavors.
The wine shows nuances of bell pepper, graphite and plum notes with fresh aromatics and taut acidity resulting in a well-structured Cabernet Franc with great potential for aging.
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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