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Tikal Natural Organic Red Blend 2012

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Winemaker Notes

This blend captures the natural expression of untouched grapes and the true essence of the Uco Valley 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.

Blend: 60% Organic Malbec, 40% Organic Syrah

Critical Acclaim

JS 93
James Suckling

Very cool wine that is delicious to drink and offers the balance and intensity of top reds from the Rhone Valley. Full-bodied and soft with velvety tannins and a savory finish. Made from 60% malbec and 40% syrah, all biodynamically grown and certified by Demeter.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The 2012 Natural is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah from his organically farmed vineyards in Vista Flores. It has a complex nose intermixing ripe black fruit with flowers. It is subtle and elegant, with the oak perfectly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied. It is aged for ten months in 80% French and 20% American oak, of which 10% is new. The tannins are fine-grained and there is a fine thread of acidity going through the backbone of the wine that lifts it up.

V 90
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Saturated ruby. Musky aromas of blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and licorice. Dense, sappy and sweet if a bit youthfully clenched, showing excellent intensity to the dark flavors of black cherry, coffee and sexy oak spices. I'd give this firmly built wine a year in the cellar before pulling the cork.

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Tikal, , South America
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.

YNG733922_2012 Item# 135476

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