2016 Bodegas Caro
Musky, slightly funky aromas of redcurrant, plum, leather and black olive. Rather suave in texture but in a distinctly herbal style. This wine reminded me of an Haut-Médoc wine in a marginally ripe year. The note of black olive repeats on the finish, where the dusty tannins avoid dryness. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 87 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (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.
Everyone's favourite grape variety, these days, seems to be Malbec. It's easy to see why, especially as the Argentinians have crafted a bright bold and flavoursome style out of the grape variety that Bordeaux forgot. In this case you will find a quartet of very typical Mendoza Malbecs, including one from master wine maker Nicolas Catena with his slightly more subtle take on pure Malbec. And whilst Bordeaux may have (mostly) cast off Malbec, it still hangs on in the Cahors region of South West France from where we have included a brace of fine examples.
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