Tikal Jubilo 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
Deep blackcurrant and oak aromas with opaque red/purple color. Flavors of black cherry liqueur, red currants, dark chocolate and a touch of roasted coffee. Lush without seeming heavy. Seems to unfold in layers, keeping the palate excited well past the lengthy finish. Plenty of tannin for aging without any harsh astringency. Pairs well with most fine food presentations like duck in a fruit sauce, leg of lamb persillade, Osso Buco, and even a simple filet mignon. Also complements medium-strong cheeses (French, Italian, goat) or dishes prepared with mushroom or cream sauces.
The Wine Advocate - "The purple-colored 2006 Jubilo is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Malbec aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak. It delivers a fragrant nose of black cherry, black currant, wood smoke, leather, and chocolate. This leads to a full-bodied wine with layers of succulent fruit, plenty of spice, a firm structure, excellent concentration, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2010 to 2018. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, deep ruby, Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate on the fresh nose. Superconcentrated and very ripe, with juicy acidity cutting the wine's creamy texture and giving it good lift. A very successful blend, with the cabernet energy showing to good advantage today. In fact, this is downright flashy right now. Finishes with broad, serious, but smooth tannins and excellent length."
Wine Spectator - "Very dark, with a core of black currant and fig sauce held back for now by notes of bittersweet chocolate bark, black tea and espresso notes. The finish is focused with underlying purity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2010. 350 cases made."
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Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.
There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Corazon (Heart), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice).
Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch. View all Tikal 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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