Wine of the Weeks – An under-$20 Argentinean Cab that drinks like a $30+ Napa Cab!! Let me make a confession — I’m a big dude, but I rarely drink Cabernet Sauvignon. I appreciate it, but my palate leans more in the direction of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc in the red wine category. Guess what? I love this Cab, and I think it squashes many of its higher priced competitors from California. Finca Decero is one of Argentina’s young, rising star producers, and their Cabernet Sauvignon ranks as one of the best values of that varietal in the world in my humble but informed opinion. It is our first Wine of the Weeks offering of 2016 and here’s the deal:
2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon – On sale through Tuesday, February 9th
Regular Price: $17.99/bottle
Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.29/bottle on solid 6-packs or more (over 20% off!!!)
Decero means “from scratch,” and that is an apt description of this family owned and operated estate winery. Thomas Schmidheiny literally started this winery with nothing but a parcel of land and a dream in 2000, and today Finca Decero is recognized as one of Argentina’s top producers of red wines. All of Decero’s estate vineyards are located in the Agrelo district of Mendoza, long recognized as the top spot in the region to grow Bordeaux varietals.
Yes, Malbec does very well here (Decero’s version is very good), but I’ve been even more impressed by the quality of the Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignons that I’ve tasted over the past year. And Finca Decero’s version is one of my favorites although it’s far from the most expensive. This is truly handcrafted wine — sustainable farming, hand harvesting and sorting, a state of the art winery, and 100% small French oak barrels for aging their single vineyard wines.
Like I said in the opening paragraph, this truly drinks like high end Napa Cab. It specifically reminds me of Napa and Sonoma Cabernets grown in the mountains. That makes a lot of sense as all of the estate’s vineyards are located at 3,500+ feet in elevation. The color is dark, the bouquet is classy and stylish, and the palate is structured but not overly tannic. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, mocha and espresso all meld seamlessly together to create a wine of true class and breadth……….at less than $20!
Trust me, if you like Cab, go ahead and get a sixer — you’ll thank me. Enjoy this one with grilled or roasted meats, stews, or with fireplaces and friends. Want to taste it? Stop by this Friday, January 29th any time between 4:00 and 7:00 and we’ll pour you some at our free tasting. Otherwise, stop by the store or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be glad to put your wine aside until you can make it by. Many thanks and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!