2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyard

Wine of the Weeks - 2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa-like style and grace at half the price!

This vintage is sold out. To order the new vintage, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

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. 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 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. Many thanks and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

This vintage is sold out. To order the new vintage, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville