Saturday, August 23, 2014

Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec

Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2011 
Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina

The wines from Finca Decero are some of my favorites. All are from single vineyard sites high up in the Andes and are grown and vinified with care -- hand picking in the vineyards and gentle handling in the winery. This allows for delicate flavors to truly shine.

Review: This Malbec is gorgeous dark ruby color. It has aromas of ripe black cherries, violets, anise and cloves. On the palate it is dry with medium high acid and a slight alcoholic burn. The tannins are present, but soft and resolved. The wine shows rich flavors of berries, red plums, baking spices, freshly turned earth, and licorice. It has a medium long finish with a hint of black pepper.

For me, this wine does come off a little boozey. It's 14.5%, and while it is balanced by bright acidity and integrated tannins I think it needs food to help it mellow.

Food Pairing: Steak, of course, goes great with Malbec. But if you wanted to mix it up, I would pair with some grilled portobellos or eggplant. Basically, just go with something meaty.  

Bottom Line: Beautiful wine. Great fruit flavors and spice. Add food and friends and you've got yourself a good time.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Agrelo
  • GRAPE: Malbec
  • AGEING: 10% Stainless Steel, 90% French Oak barrels (30% new) for 14 months
  • BOOZE: 14.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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