2013 Bodegas Caro "Caro" Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza SKU #1263021


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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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  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    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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