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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 20 
ProducerBodegas Caro (Barons de Rothschild / Catena) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationAmancaya Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon (Gran Reserva)
UPC Code(s)722358079230

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2014 (based on 9 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 91 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ron Van Holland on 2/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark ruby color. Intense earthy characteristics of tobacco, dark cacao, and leather. The best Amancaya vintage from my standpoint. (480 views)
 Tasted by Lou Lefteroff on 2/2/2015 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 2 hrs, melted the tannins and showed some harmony in the glass. Close to the end of its drinking window IMO, but if I can choose I'd have drunk all the bottles I had at this stage - somehow charming and more elegant than the younger versions of it. (605 views)
 Tasted by Lou Lefteroff on 9/29/2014 & rated 89 points: As "sophiesmom" notes, "Let it breathe, let it breathe, let it breathe...", I decanted it for 4 hrs, and a bright fruit with very well managed solid body, still a bit aggressive but in a good way. This one will outperform most of the 12-13 Eur rivals, it will not change your world but in the condition the wine is at the moment with 6+ years of age and this price tag - it is job well done. (1242 views)
 Tasted by Eric Anderson on 5/3/2014 & rated 89 points: A 50/50 blend of Cab and Malbec. At first, the Cab (along with the oak) is a little obtrusive. But, after an hour or so, the wine is well integrated, sumptuous, and well balanced. Nice dark fruit flavors, very nice savory components at mid-palate, and tasty long finish. (1982 views)
 Tasted by sophiesmom on 10/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Let it breathe, let it breathe, let it breathe... (3136 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 7/4/2013 & rated 90 points: Almost at the end of our case. This has been a consistent performer. Smooth dark fruit drinking well with and without food. (3346 views)
 Tasted by Ron Van Holland on 6/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Dark ruby color. Cherry, vanilla oak, and blossoms on the nose. Lots of dark chocolate and tobacco make for an intense palate that can be enjoyed out of the bottle or mitigated with a couple hours in the decanter. Tobacco finish lingers with nice acidity. An hour or more in the decanter recommended to tame this "Mendocino vigoroso." (3352 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 4/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Still a favorite in this houshold. (3084 views)
 Tasted by BaylinBoy on 4/1/2013 & rated 90 points: deep dark ruby, but french style nose with sour cherry notes. took a while to open but it really was much softer and more approachable after an hour. Strong tannins, but not overpowering, warm spicy and lingering finish. worked perfectly with Easter grilled lamb. (2720 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 3/25/2013 & rated 88 points: PnP. Clear, dark purple color. Nice Bord/Cab nose. Med body, very proper flavor profile, would not have guessed an Argentina Cab/Malbec. Some chalk/tannins, fairly long finish. Clean. Great value everyday drinker. Nothing off. $16. (2111 views)
 Tasted by Lou Lefteroff on 2/17/2013 & rated 88 points: Very dark in color, got some black fruits action, the tannins suggesting couple of years still to go, medium tight body and decent finish. (1464 views)
 Tasted by cweiss on 12/8/2012: Malbec lends dark color. This remains an impressive Bordeaux-style (albeit from a ripe year) wine for the price, not much different from 2 years ago, and will give another 2. (1736 views)
 Tasted by Ron Van Holland on 6/6/2012 & rated 92 points: Dark garnet color. Showy nose of black fruit, tobacco, and spice/oak. Flavor very well balanced between fruit, tannins, and refreshing acidity. Much character showing mid-palate all the way to a long finish, expressing tobacco and leather on architectural tannins. This wine pairs perfectly with grilled steak, but is so delectable it can be enjoyed straight up. Followed up by ordering a case. One of the best values Iíve found. (2771 views)
 Tasted by mgribble94 on 5/21/2012 & rated 89 points: Dark fruit on the nose, jammy on the palate. It's got a nice balance and a surprising finish for the price. I would buy more of this. (2702 views)
 Tasted by Grumbling_Goat on 4/28/2012 & rated 84 points: I was expecting somewhat more. Decanted for 60 minutes. Nice fruity taste, with a little heat. Short finish. Overall, lacked the complexity and quality of other Chilean wines at this price point ($21). (2779 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 2/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Always a great bottle. Wish that I had more. (2881 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 2/8/2012 & rated 90 points: I am drinking this stuff too fast. A great QPR! (2800 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 2/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured into decanter, and then my glass! Have to admit, was nicely surprised! A cherry cola nose with nice bite on the tongue and a good medium finish of fruit. Real nice, certainly wouldn't mind more! (2690 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 1/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Consistant and maybe even improving. Fruit is lush and the finish is smoothing out a bit. (2865 views)
 Tasted by winepog on 1/19/2012 & rated 89 points: Great QPR, finish died out after a while, but for the price this was nice....dark fruits (2882 views)
 Tasted by guman on 1/10/2012 & rated 90 points: - Garnet color and aromas of blackberry. It's balanced with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a short finish. (2968 views)
 Tasted by dlheath on 10/28/2011: Very nice. Drinking well now. Good fruit and acid, a pleasant weekday bottle. (3930 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 10/27/2011 & rated 90 points: Nice dark fruit. Short finish with a bit of spice. We finished the bottle!! (3706 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 10/4/2011 & rated 90 points: Well liked by all. Chocolate with some dark fruit showing through. (3636 views)
 Tasted by Aldi on 9/20/2011 & rated 84 points: Much better after two days of opening. (3802 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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Bodegas Caro (Barons de Rothschild / Catena)

Producer website
The idea of forming a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite and the Catena family was first mooted in 1988. 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. Located in the heart of the Mendoza region, the winery at Bodegas Caro is also at the centre of the Caro project. The wines have been made since the 2002 vintage and work is still in progress in the cellar to further improve facilities.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


Wines of Argentina

Argentina has been making wine since the 1500s, tracing its wine heritage back to Spain, France and, perhaps surprisingly, Italy. Italian immigration is second only to Spanish in Argentine culture, and the flavors of Italy show up strongly in the nationís wine, food and cultural tradition. Historically, Argentina has kept much of its wine consumption at home, drinking most of the wine it makes. But we are now seeing more very serious Argentine wines north of the border, and Malbec is leading the movement. The wine-making region in Argentina ranges between the 22į and 42į South latitude. It spreads at the foothills of the Andean mountain range along over 2,400 km; from the province of Salta to the province of RŪo Negro, with a variety of climates and soils that makes each region a unique land. In general terms, the areas dedicated to vine cultivation are dry and arid with a low level of rain and humidity, determining factor as regards grape health. Abundant sunny days and thermal amplitude favor a good maturity and concentration of aroma and color in the grain. Soils are deep, permeable and poor in organic matter, decisive qualities at the time of obtaining good wine. Due to the low rain regime, irrigation is necessary. Water comes from the Andean range thaw, descending in the shape of rivers to become channels or ditches. Undoubtedly, the combination of these factors turns Argentina into a veritable oasis for the highest quality wine-making. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go. Wine-making in Argentina, at the level that it achieves today, has a young history that goes back to a little more than 10 years ago. Technological progress, investment and some farsighted businessmen enabled a determining transformation. The province of Mendoza is the most traditional area in the viticultural industry, and is diverse enough to be divided into zones, according to their significantly different weather, height and soil characteristics. These include the Northern Zone, which is suitable for fruity whites and young reds, at a height from 600 to 700m; the Eastern Zone, with a height ranging from 600 to 700m, and the most productive zone in the province; the Uco Valley, a zone of colder weather and higher altitudes (between 800 and 1,400m over sea level); San Rafael, with heights ranging from 450 to 800m; and the High Zone of the Mendoza River, with heights ranging from 800 to 1,100m over sea level and various microclimates, this is the zone where almost all noble varieties have easily become adapted. It is a region that is remarkably well-suited to vine culture, protected from the Pacificís cooling influence by the Andes and enjoying a long summer of cool nights and warm days, with a dry summer climate but plenty of water available from the regionís rivers. Malbec in particular is outstanding from this area, and it has clearly emerged as the star, the darling of both consumers and critics.


Wines of Mendoza

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