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2013 Bodegas Caro "Caro" Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1263021 96 points James Suckling

 Extremely beautiful aromas of dried flower, currant, fresh leather and some tar. Full body with silky tannins that give a beautiful texture that leads to ripe currant, orange peel and incense. Complex and complete. 50% Malbec from Agrelo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from Valle de Uco. So beautiful now but will age gracefully.  (5/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec is overtly woody smelling in support of chunky earthy berry aromas. A full, racy, balanced palate deals structured tannins and salty plum flavors backed by a heavy dose of wood spice. On the finish, this is dry, oaky and tannic. It’s good now, but will be best from 2020–2025. (MS)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

A joint venture between Nicolas Catena and Lafite-Rothschild, the Bodegas Caro Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon (the tried and true Argentinean take on a Bordeaux blend) has become one of the most consistently highly reviewed Argentinean reds at under $50. Great quality for the price here.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2016 | Send Email
This is an extremely impressive offering from two titans in winemaking. When the Lafite-Rothschilds of Bordeaux and the Catenas of Argentina get together, they produce one of the best bottles from the Southern hemisphere. The nose has Bordeaux written all over it - plums, black currants, tobacco, graphite, and coffee bean swirl from the glass. There is plenty of backbone on the palate but it drinks with surprising softness and clarity. Here it shows a bit more of its Argentine roots; the Malbec comes to the fore with a meaty, richly fruited flavor profile incorporating hints of cocoa and raspberry, followed by a pleasantly spicy finish. This is the rare bottling that will pair beautifully with both a ribeye off the grill and a gently seared filet mignon.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
Recently I told my boss he needed to taste this wine. According to our intrepid Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa, "Wow, this smells like Bordeaux!" I would agree. The one thing that impresses me most about this latest bottling of Caro is it balance. While I was on the lookout for obvious new oak and heavy extraction, neither was anywhere to be found. Instead, there are beautiful black currant aromas and flavors, with Malbec adding some mid-palate volume without detracting from the freshness. Oak is extremely well integrated. While this wine's best years lie ahead, decant it now and enjoy with a grilled ribeye if you would like to get a peak at what lies ahead. Impressive stuff!

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5