CARO Amancaya 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America
Deep purple-red color. Fruit driven wine, with appealing red and black cherry flavors, blackcurrant and plums with a hint of vanilla and cedar. On the palate it has a nice tannic texture, round and well-balanced.
Notes of vanilla and chocolate coming from the French oak.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Subtle, fresh and wonderfully aromatic nose offers complex scents of redcurrant, blueberry, strawberry, tobacco, mocha, graphite, leather and cedar. Penetrating and claret-like, with superb delineation to the redcurrant and tobacco flavors. Perfectly integrated acidity and an intriguing herbal nuance give this wine a light touch. Finishes with tactile, dusty tannins and lovely lift and persistence. Offers compelling complexity and class for the price. This is actually the second wine issued by this joint venture between Lafite-Rothschild and Nicolas Catena: the 2007 flagship bottling had not yet arrived in the market at press time. "
Bodegas Caro Winery
CARO was born of an alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.)
Immediately after CARO's 2002 release, the first vintage of CARO, 2000, was acclaimed by professionals. The achievement of CARO has naturally led the partners to elaborate another wine based on the traditional Argentinean Malbec, conserving the fine balance between the characteristics of Argentina and the style of Bordeaux wines. As a commemoration to the Andean roots, the Indian name of a pretty little flower, which grows on the high altitude of the Andes has been chosen: Amancaya.
Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create truly unique wine. View all Bodegas Caro Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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12 ratings, 6 with reviewsLauren Harnatkiewicz - Greensboro, NC51/30/2011Sadly, I forgot to write a review back when I drank this, but it was really good. All of us liked it. I recall we all thought it smelled really good before we even tasted it, and the taste was flavorful and smooth. No aftertaste. I saved the bottle for months, to remind me to write about it before I forgot everything, but I waited too long. That said, I highly recommend it. If you enjoy Cabernet Sauvignons, I cannot imagine you not liking this. Drank it in 2010.Jacqui Gordon - Champaign, IL49/5/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC18/7/2011R. Rundt - Plano, TX47/13/2011just have only praise for this one. would buy again.WineDog - Burdett, NY46/20/2011Steve and Ruthi - Lakeland, FL34/13/2011
Nice nose. First taste reminded me of an unseasoned nice steak just off the grill. This was a better wine than I expected it to be. I was worried about grabbing a case but now glad that I did. Decant for an hour or so and enjoy.TLYEN - Blaine, WA51/4/2011Excellent wine with fruity, complex and definite buy again.310/20/2010Malbec fruit + Cab depth. Nice, full bodied, easy drinking. Nice tannin on the finish.KML - Western Springs, IL49/14/2010this is a delicious wine, it needs to open up for a little bit, but once it has been in the glass about 5 minutes it is very smooth. great food wine, but also just drinkable on its own.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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