A malbec that’s the result of a partnership between the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family of Argentina. Together, they’ve created a pure malbec that’s sourced from best high-altitude vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Aptly named aruma, or “the night” in the language of the region’s native population, it’s an inky red malbec that’s aged in stainless steel tanks, preserving the rich and supple dark fruit flavours, giving it elegance and depth. Good to drink now, it does contain some natural sediments, so it’s best to decant before serving. John Clarke - The Independent (Jan 2021)
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The smoke, black-tea and dark-berry aromas and flavors are really impressive. Hints of coffee. Full body, firm yet lightly rounded tannins and a flavorful finish. Hard not to drink now. Pure malbec. No wood. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2020)
The name CARO is simply explained - it is the first two letters from the surnames of the two prestigious wine families who have come together to create this brilliant project CAtena & ROthschild.
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 four 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.
Exchanges and selection work began in 1999 to produce CARO’s first vintage in 2000. The success of the early vintages resulted in the creation of another wine in 2003: AMANCAYA which, like its older brother, is based on a harmonious balance between Argentinian identity and Bordeaux style. Bodegas CARO then decided to celebrate the grape variety for which Argentina’s vineyards are famous by selecting a pure Malbec, ARUMA, starting with the 2010 vintage. This is South American wine in a revolutionary style that is altogether more appetising than the norm.
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