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Bodegas Caro, "CARO", Mendoza, Argentina, 2002

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Overview of the Wine
CARO was born of the alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolás Catena. Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create a unique wine: CARO. Two noble grapes, two families, one dear and elegant wine.

The idea of forming a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family was born in 1999. Initial enthusiasm quickly became a concrete plan to produce a single wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Catena family has produced wine for three generations. Consequently, it was able to draw on its vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of the Mendoza region as well as its passion for Malbec to find the best vineyards. DBR (Lafite) contributed its centuries-old skills in growing, vinifying and ageing great Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its know-how in blending different grape varieties to produce one wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The vineyard locations for the Cabernet Sauvignon are 40% from a 20-year-old vineyard in Agrelo, a region 3,117 feet in elevation, and 10% from 30-year old vines in El Cepillo la Consulta, with an elevation of 3,773 feet. The vineyard locations for Malbec are 10% from a 12 year old vineyard in Tupungato at 4,593 feet elevation and also 40% from a 53-year-old vineyard in Vistalba, at 3,609 feet elevation. Throughout the season we monitor the vineyard technique, irrigation management and bud thinning to ensure low yields in balance with the canopy, good ventilation and illumination.

Previously CEO of Bodegas Argento S.A., Estate Manager Philippe Rolet began his career at Domaine William Fèvre, (France) before joining the Alta Vista Group in Mendoza where he was CEO and President. Aged 46, he holds a French Management degree and is today at the head of the French Honorary Consulate in Mendoza.

Grape / Blend
2010: 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
2006: 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
2002: 65% Malbec and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Origin
Mendoza, Argentina

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
2010: Intense, deep red color with fine hints of crimson. The nose offers pleasant aromas of red and dark fruit, with redcurrants, also some mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha, characteristic of French oak. This is a dense, complex wine, with good tannic structure. The lingering finesse of the tannins gives the wine good length and a pleasant, soft mouthfeel. Deep, aromatic and complex with very appealing intense fruit.

2006: Wonderful deep purple-red color. Intense aromas of red and black fruit (cherries and blackcurrants) on the nose, with notes of cedar, vanilla and tobacco, slightly minty and well integrated. Full on the palate with good, fairly powerful tannic structure, and good, delicate length. A wine with great ageing potential.

2002: A wine with intense ripe red and blackberry fruit, perfectly integrated with the French oak. Good elegant tannins hold the aromas to the long end.
The typical Argentinean fruity and sweet Malbec is bold and complete by the elegance of flavors and texture of the "French" Cabernet Sauvignon.

93 Points - James Suckling (2010)
This shows such fabulous aromas of flowers, chili, spices, minerals and licorice. Juniper. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a refined and fresh finish. 60% malbec and 40% cabernet sauvignon. Drink now.

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010)
The 2010 Caro is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Agrelo, Gualtallary and Altamira and is raised in French oak barrels (75% new). It has a very elegant bouquet of dark cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit that marry with oak stylishly. There are touches of sandalwood and game that lie underneath and these should develop in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins. It is beautifully balanced and pure, with blackberry, graphite, and cedar wood and briar. It glides across the palate towards a very focused, precise finish. Excellent. Drink 2014-2025.

92 Points - Wine Spectator (2010)
Compact, featuring concentrated cassis, wild berry, spice box and aromatic tobacco notes wound with full yet fine tannins. Full-bodied and complex, delivering a long aftertaste of fruit and sweet spice.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2010)
Caro is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage is balanced from the beginning. Black fruit, oak, balsamic complexity and floral hints define the bouquet. The nose is backed by a firm palate with plump edges and dark, oaky flavors of blackberry, vanilla and spice. Some heat rises up on the finish; drink through 2018.

91 Points - Wine Spectator (2006)
Very solid, with dark, winey currant and fig sauce notes laced with shaved vanilla, cedar and coffee notes. Very Cabernet-like through the finish, with coffee and sweet, dark olive notes lingering on fine-grained but noticeable tannins. est from 2009 through 2013.

Product size: 750ml
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