Finca Decero

Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot 2012

Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

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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 Petit Verdot is a limited and unique bottling that allows one the rare opportunity to taste the varietal in its pure form. The wine is known for its juicy and rich character with dried berry, shaved chocolate and hints of tea. It is full-bodied, with firm tannins and a flavorful finish.

 

VINEYARD

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.

WINEMAKING

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 30 days total maceration, a 7-day cold soak, followed by 10 days of fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks (at 82 degrees to extract both the jasmine aromas and the textural concentration) and finally an 18 day extended maceration period. The wine was gently basket pressed before malolactic fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 16 months.

VINTAGE

2012 was an excellent vintage in Agrelo, again marked by low yields, mostly due to the influence of Zonda wind during flowering time in November. In Agrelo there was higher rainfall during the growing season and lower rainfall during maturation which provided excellent vintage conditions. The average temperature were slightly higher in the summer but lower in April which enabled the winery to pick the Petit Verdot at the optimal sugar and flavor ripeness.

TASTING NOTE

Petit Verdot forms part of Decero’s icon blend and each year the winery selects a few exceptional parcels to make a ‘mini edición’. The 2012 vintage is particularly rich in wild blueberry flavors, quince and the jasmine aromas which are characteristic of this wine. It shows great complexity and tannin structure for extensive ageing potential.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Petit Verdot

Appellation

Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

Farming

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.

Alcohol

14.1%

Suggested Retail Price

$39.00

Reviews

"an excellent example"

James Suckling - “Pure petit verdot is hard to come by and this is an excellent example with hints of dried fruits and spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.”

Trade Materials

Other Wines by this Producer

Malbec

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

Amano

Decero Amano takes its name from the “Amano” or “by hand” approach. As the pinnacle of the winery's achievements each vintage, Decero Amano is a blend of the most distinctive parcels from the Remolinos Vineyard. The wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat: violet aromas emanate from the Malbec, red fruit flavors and structure of the Cabernet gives excellent length, while the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot brings firm tannins as does the Tannat, which adds even more textural complexity.

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