Caviar and Champagne. Vodka and pickled gherkins. Dolce and Gabbana: Some pairs are just meant to work well together. Now, we can add to that pantheon the ingenious partnership of the Catena family and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), which is responsible for the excellent—and excellently priced—Caro 2010, a Mendoza blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that, at around $60, represents exactly the sort of wine you could open up to create a special occasion just by virtue of treating yourself to it, or lay down for a decade and a half to see how it evolves. With a wine like this, in fact, I’d simply recommend picking up half a case or so and popping the cork from a bottle every few years: Doing so promises to be both instructive and deeply pleasurable.
This grabs your attention right off the bat, with aromas of ripe berries, leather, tobacco, warm baking spices, and smoky toast. These turn to taut, spice-tinged flavors of allspice, mace, nutmeg, fresh cinnamon stick, black licorice, spice cake, dark-cherry liqueur, currants, and slightly browned toast on the finish, all of it structured and beautifully balanced. Savory and ripe, and with hints of lavender on the finish, this is impeccably postured and powerful, and boasts a real sense of elegance: A Victorian novel of a wine. Drink 2016 - 2028.