Tikal Patriota 2012
Other Red Blends from Argentina, South America
#45 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!
Wine Spectator - "A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020"
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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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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8 ratings, 5 with reviews57/26/2014Excellent crowd-pleasing red. Perfect for gifting.RIR - White Plains, NY59/20/2015
Perfect. Not too sweet...just a great wine to have with a nice meal such as steak.Retired in New Orleans - New Orleans, LA59/16/2015Jennifer Rubenstein - Rehoboth Beach, DE58/23/2015
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Perfect FOOD wine... big and bold with balanced smooth firstname.lastname@example.org - Monroeville, PA47/3/2015SAMMY THE DAV - Edgemont, AR47/1/2015
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I WOULD GIVE THIS WINE 4 1/2 STARS. WE HAVE ORDERED 4 BOTTLES OVER THIS PAST YEA. I USED TO SPEND MORE FOR A HIGHER RATED WINE. NOW I WAIT TO SEE HOW MANY STARS"WINE.COM" GIVES THE WINE. THEY MAY BE GIVING 4 TO 5 STARS BASED ON HOW MANY PEOPLE BUY? BUT AS YOU ALL KNOW, WHAT I LIKE MAY COULD BE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TASTES.Bigredfan - Potomac, MD56/5/2015
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Love this Malbec/Bonarda blend. Beautiful deep red-purple color, enticing nose, lovely fruit and tannin balance. Incredible value at this price point. Bought for a party, and then re-ordered for myself! For an Argentinian wine that is predominantly Malbec, the alcohol is low at 13.5%, which I think is a good thing, as the alcohol has become over-powering in many wines from Argentina and now California. Here the flavor shines. Good by itself, but the nicely integrated tannins make it a lovely choice for a grilled beef tenderloin - yum!Swim Family - Coeur D Alene, ID51/22/2015
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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