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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Tikal Patriota 2010
Tikal Patriota 2010
(search item no. 114016)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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!
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About Tikal:

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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 100517)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington's Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.

Pair with crab, poultry, salmon and scallops.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.