A 91 Point Argentine Red for $16 – Tikal Patriota 2009

November 11, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

Tikal Patriota bottleTikal’s “Patriota” is a blend of Argentina’s two most widely planted grapes, Malbec (40%) and Bonarda (60%).  Ever heard of the Bonarda grape?  Neither have I.

If you’re wondering what this wine tastes like with the Bonarda grape blended in, I would put it somewhere between a Malbec and a cool climate Syrah, which is to say it has the rich opulence and smooth tannin of a Malbec with the persistent acid and slight tartness of a cool climate Syrah.  It’s a really nice combination.

This and the other Tikal wines have been getting blockbuster scores for a few years now, so I guess it’s time I gave one a try.  It’s getting cold outside and this is the perfect wine for the change of seasons.  It’s spicy, bold and aromatic – many wines can say that.  But Tikal Patriota maintains a complexity and length that brings it from solid to outstanding and the $15.95 price tag takes it one step further.

Argentina is well known for Malbec values and for those that sometimes find the grape slightly one dimensional as I do, this blend is just awesome.  The wine raters agree, scoring it 90 (Tanzer) and 92 (Parker).

Buy Here: Tikal Patriota $15.95

Wine Advocate 92 points

“60% Bonarda, 40% Malbec; Earth/mineral/underbrush; dense and layered, ripe, mouth-filling, impeccable balance, lengthy.”

International Wine Cellar 90 points

“A 60/40 blend of bonarda and malbec): Bright ruby. Aromas of black cherry, mocha, coffee and violet complicated by sexy oak. The flavors of blackberry, spices, violet and bitter chocolate are juicy and nicely delineated. Offers lovely texture and weight, but with good lift from the malbec component. A very good blend. Bonarda, which often produces rather rustic, blue-collar wine, clearly benefited from Mendoza’s very warm 2009 growing season.”

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