2014 Bodegas Caro
|Grapes||Malbec, Cab Sauv|
Bodegas Caro combines the power and richness of its two owner Estates, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, the owners of Lafite Rothschild and with Nicolas Catena Zapata, the king of Malbec. Bodegas Caro spends 18 months in barrel, which is the kind of treatment Lafite Rothschild receives. It is a wine that truly embodies a fusion of Bordeaux and Mendoza to extreme effect. In 2014, the blend is 66% Malbec and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker's notes (Jul 2017)
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Started in 1993, Caro is a joint venture between Catena and Domaines Baron de Rothschild. Christian le Sommer (ex Chateau Latour) is is charge of the winemaking. This is South American wine in a revolutionary style that is altogether more appetising than the norm.
In their quest for elegant wines, the 2014 Caro was aged in "only" 60% new French oak, down from 100% in the "good old times," and they have seen that this percentage is the one that works for what they are looking for. In 2014 I saw cleaner, more focused aromas, and the animal notes of the past are absent. The blend this year was two thirds Malbec from Las Compuertas and one third Cabernet Sauvignon from Altamira. This is quite classical, with aromas of lead pencil and cigar box, a core of blackberries and a very polished, elegant palate with ultra-fine tannins. It's an approachable, elegant and easy to drink red blend. It seems like the Caro team is finding their way... 30,000 bottles produced. Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 93-93 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2016)
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