Petit CARO shares the same style as his big brother CARO, combing power and elegance. Grapes are sourced from selected plots of old vines in Lujan de Cuyo just outside Mendoza, and also from Altamira, further South. In Lujan, soils are quite varied depending on how close vineyards are to the mountains or Mendoza River, and tend to form alluvial layers of loam, rock, and gravel. In Altamira, vineyards are planted at 1000m above sea level, on the ancient alluvial bed of the Tunuyan River.
- Malbec 67%,
- Cabernet sauvignon 32%,
- Petit verdot 1%
The 2018 vintage was characterized by an extremely dry climate. Our vineyards in Uco Valley suffered from a frost on the 6th and 7th of October, that led to a low yield. Despite a normal average temperature, we registered a lower number of days over 33°C than usual. The combination of these facts resulted in a quite early vintage. The variation between daytime and nighttime temperatures was exceptional in March, with an average of over 20°C in Altamira. During several mornings, we prepared to fight the frost before the harvest.
The grape musts were juicy, with excellent natural acidity, and a higher concentration of colour compared to other vintages. Fruit expression from must to wine was a signature characteristic of this vintage from the onset.
Tasting notes (at bottling):
Deep ruby colour. The nose is expressive with notes of raspberries, coffee and figs. Complex and juicy on the palate with aromas of plums, fruit and spices, this well-balanced wine is an elegant expression of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
- 65% Malbec, 32 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
The 2017 vintage was characterized by slightly above average rainfall (188 mm instead of 102 mm), especially during bud break, and temperatures close to seasonal averages, with the exception of the frost that caused some damage to the vines on October 21st. Towards the end of the summer, the nights during February were up to 4 degrees warmer than usual. This phenomenon and a generally dry quarter had an accelerating effect and the harvests were two to three weeks early. The grapes are characterized by a good balance between sugar and acidity and by the softness of the tannins characteristic of Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon from deeper soils had a slower maturity, while those from stony soils reached an excellent balance and their typical spicy character with greater agility.
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):
Deep ruby color. The nose is intense with notes of white flowers, red cherries and figs. The palate is juicy and complex with hints of cloves and other spices. This well balanced wine is an elegant expression of the blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.