2009 Tikal Patriota Proprietary Blend

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"A very lush, exotic, modern style, with lots of mocha and sweet spice notes leading the way for fruitcake, fig paste and boysenberry compote, followed by a fleshy finish. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now. 6,000 cases imported." (WS)

"60% Bonarda, 40% Malbec; Earth/mineral/underbrush; dense and layered, ripe, mouth-filling, impeccable balance, lengthy." (WA)

"(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." (IWC)

"Tikal’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)." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery 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!

About the Name/Label
Tikal is named after Ernesto’s son. Ernesto named this particular wine “Patriota” (“Patriot”) since Bonarda and Malbec grapes have been at the core of Argentina’s great winemaking tradition since its foundation. The original artwork of this passionate dancing couple was created by Ernesto’s close friend and artist, Ariel Mlynarzewicz. We have no idea how to pronounce Ariel’s last name.