2013 Caro, Barons de Rothschild/Catena, Mendoza

Very primary at the moment on the nose, with dark fruits, violet notes, and a sprinkling of well-integrated sweet fruit. In the mouth the power builds, but the thread of freshness ensures a weightless quality. With excellent acidity, fine-grained tannins, and intensity of flavour, the 2013 Caro has all the characteristics required for a long life ahead.

Critic score

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  • Region & country
  • Grape
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    50% Malbec/Auxerrois
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2025
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2013 Caro, Barons de Rothschild/Catena, Mendoza


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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Offers a spicy nose, with flavors of dark plum, blackberry and currant, accented by plenty of Asian spice notes. Chocolate and dried mint details show on the lithe finish, accented by hints of curry. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Spectator

Bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder and peppery herbs. Suave, fine-grained and energetic, offering slightly gamey flavors of currant, tobacco leaf, mint, leather and minerals. In a surprisingly supple style for a wine with pronounced green elements. Again, this strikes me as more like Bordeaux than Mendoza. Finishes with smooth tannins, a slightly tart quality and excellent length.

Stephen Tanzer