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Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena, Aruma Malbec 2013

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Bodegas Caro; Mendoza, Argentina.

Grape Variety: Malbec

Geographic Region, Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $51.75

Purchased From: The Britannia Restaurant, on board the Queen Mary 2.

Paired With: Rose harissa spiced cornish rock hen with crispy potato wedges, steamed asparagus, celeria puree and a natural jus.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened two hours before drinking. Clear, very dark garnet color. Wiffs of fruit aromas. Fairly strong black berry, smoke and a little damp earth in the taste that ends with a very spicy, dry, lingering finish. Not a wine that would show it face in the Caviste Wine Shop, but here it’s “not bad”. Good with the spices on the hens, but alone it’s a little rough around the edges.

    She said: The fragrant red berry aroma has no trace of alcohol to betray its 14% alcohol level. The mouth was dominated more by the tannins than berry flavor but the medium body and dry finish were a plus. Nice sipping before dinner but delicious with the hen and the scrumptious sauce.

    Comments:

Alcohol:14%

Bar code: 7 798121 461031

Imported by: Waddesdon Wines; Aylesbury, United Kingdom.