Tikal Natural Organic Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
This is Malbec in its most natural expression of untouched grapes shining through and
capturing the true essence of the Vista Flores vineyard where they were picked. It has
a beautiful pomegranate color and aroma of fresh red cherries with light French oak
undertones. The palate is fresh and lively with black raspberry and spiced mocha
notes. A great companion to barbeque or burgers, and incredibly easy to drink on its
own. A real crowd pleaser.
"The 2010 Natural is 100% Malbec made from organically grown grapes and aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It offers up an expressive nose of wood smoke, spice box, violets, tobacco, and black cherry. This is followed by an elegant, sweetly-fruited, forward wine that over-delivers in a big way. Drink this outstanding value over the next 5-6 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"(made with organic grapes): Red-ruby. Pure, complex nose offers blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and a whiff of chocolatey oak. Ripe but juicy and firm, with harmonious acidity framing the dark berry, black cherry and saline flavors and keeping the wine's sweetness under wraps. Finishes with chewy, ripe, palate-dusting tannins and very good soil-driven length. Has the structure to age. A superb value."
International Wine Cellar
"Made from organically grown grapes, this malbec brims with notes of violets and soft red fruit. A nervous acidity makes it juicy and approachable while the flavors run deep and long."
Wine & Spirits
Smooth & Supple
Very drinkable and smooth. Has a plummy or pruny taste. It's not terribly complex, but it's mildly sweet and mildly tart without hardly any tannins or bitterness at all. I really liked this. And I know the rules about what wine goes with which foods, but I would think this could go with any meal.
Smooth & Supple
A very good bottle for the money. The nose could be a little richer, but wasn't bad at all. Color was a dark deep crimson violet... very nice. The wine was smooth on the palate not too fruity, not too acidic... one word comes to mind when I drink this: smooth. Buy a case.
Prune and raisin taste, quite sweet. Could benefit from stronger tannins (something I don't say too often). Needs to breathe.
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