Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Nicolas Catena team up to make tasty Malbec at a nice price, the Bodegas Caro Aruma Malbec.
Sample submitted for review. The Aruma Malbec has an SRP of $17 and is available for as low as $12. It is imported by Taub Family Selections.
The alliance of two great pioneers – Nicolas Catena and Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) – inspired this truly magnificent wine. Aruma is a celebration of the grape variety that has come to symbolize the Argentine vineyard. This wine is produced from Malbec grapes grown in carefully selected high altitude terroirs in the Mendoza region. This intricacy adds balance, elegance and depth to the wine – the secret of great Malbecs.
Produced and Bottled by Bodegas Caro
Today's wine comes from a partnership between some rather big names in the wine industry, Rothschild and Catena. When I first reviewed it way back on the 2010 vintage I tried to go into it with an open mind and not to raise my expectations based on the names involved. In fact, if anything I was wary of what I might find as these type of cooperative efforts don't always seem to work out as planned. It turns out it was quite a tasty wine so let's check out the latest 2018 vintage.
The 2018 Bodegas Caro Aruma Malbec from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)/Nicolas Catena begins with a pleasing aroma of black cherry, blackberry, cola, black tea, a bit of a smoky note and a touch of green pepper.
Tasting the wine reveals an earthy Malbec with similar flavors to the nose. This is pretty good by itself, but would be really great with a steak. The dry, long and savory finish has a little spice and lingering cocoa notes.
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