One thing I have always loved about red blends from Argentina is their focus on making the best wine they can, whatever it may look like. They aren’t held to certain stipulations of what percentage of this or that should be used, they simply take the best of what Mother Nature gives them that year and create their wines to suit. Sure, once a winery has decided the style of wine they are going to create, you tend to have a level of consistency, like one year the blend could be 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 50% of each the following year. Mainly, there is still the ability to create the best they can with what they have.
When Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) entered the Argentine wine world in the late 1990’s they partnered with one of the country’s most well respected and celebrated, Catena Zapata. The duo formed Bodegas CARO. The first wine was released in 2000, CARO, and since the portfolio has grown to include four additional wines, two Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blends and two 100% Malbec, highlighting the diversity of the terroir of Argentina as its identity, with French refinement.
Traditionally Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, CARO ($70) seamlessly showcases the harmony found when blending Cabernet Sauvignon with Malbec. Powerful, concentrated, and bold, the wine reveals layers of cassis, black cherry, plum, and black fig, intertwined with toasted almond, dusty leather, and pencil lead. A big wine, with ripe, gripping tannins that soften with a bit of time in a decanter or in the glass. This is a great pairing wine, enhancing your favorite grilled ribeye or T-bone, ideally pairing with a nicely marbled steak as the acidity and tannin will cut through the beef’s fatty richness.