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8 Ratings
Bodegas Caro Mendoza

Wine Description

(2000 Vintage) "Caro the new joint-venture of Nicolas Catena and Lafites Baron de Rothschild has fashioned an outstanding debut wine the medium to dark ruby-colored 2000 Caro. This secret blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon reveals tangy red and black currant aromas intermingled with hints of grilled oak. Offering lively depth of fruit its fresh herb and blackberry-flavored personality is highly focused well-detailed and elegant. This wine is not made in the supple generous blockbuster style of the Catena wi...

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    I was excited to try this wine becuase of the big names behind it (Lafite and Catena) However I was disappointed...very high alcohol level coming through and the malbec was overpowering. Certainly not worth the $45.

    almost 9 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2013 Vintage) As I saw with Amancaya, the 2013 Caro, which is the flagship wine and a blend of 50/50 Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, had some faint animal aromas intermixed with red and black cherries and a spicy twist, some hints of roasted sesame seeds and smoke. They have been progressively lowering the amount of new oak used, which was about 65% in 2013. In 2016, the wine was sourced exclusively from Altamira, but in 2013 it was still Malbec from a very old vineyard in Las Compuertas and Cabernet Sauvignon from Altamira. 30,000 bottles were filled after 18 months in oak, in December two years after the harvest.
  • James Suckling
    (2013 Vintage) 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.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2013 Vintage) 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.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 88(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Nov-05
  • Wine Advocate
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 145 on Feb-03