94 Points: 2013 Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate – December 14, 2016
The top of the range, the 2013 Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard is superb in a fresh vintage like 2013. This time the blend was 65% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat. The élevage might sound a bit brutal, with 20-22 months in brand new oak barrels, but sometimes longer is better once you have used new barrels and although it’s slightly oaky and smoky, all the violets and cherries are also there, and I’m sure it’ will develop into a nice bottle of Agrelo. The palate reveals sophisticated tannins and elegant balance, with good freshness and a remarkable finish. Patience should be rewarded. 94 Points
Violet aromas and berry flavors from the Malbec compliment the darker notes of the Cabernet with structural tannins coming through from the exceptional Petit Verdot and Tannat. The wine spends 20 months maturing in new French oak. An elegant wine with layers of complexity.
Decero Amano takes its name from our “Amano” or “by hand” approach. As the pinnacle of our achievements each vintage, Decero Amano is a blend of our most distinctive parcels from our Remolinos Vineyard. The wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat: Violet aromas emanate from the Malbec, red fruit flavours and structure of the Cabernet gives excellent length, whilst the jasmine perfumed Petit Verdot brings firm tannins as does the Tannat which adds even more textural complexity. Decero Amano is a wine of extraordinary finesse and silky elegance having gently matured over 22 months in new French oak and a year in bottle prior to release.
The inaugural 2006 Decero Amano was awarded 94 Points by The Wine Advocate and 2007 Decero Amano was named in the Top 100 Wines of 2010 by Wine Enthusiast.