20 Jan 2014
Big bodied, passionately made red blend from Mendoza
We know that Argentina has been lighting the world on fire with its Malbecs
but very few realize that Bonarda, a red varietal with its roots out of Northern Italy, is actually Argentina's number one planted red grape varietal. On its own it has done a commendable job, but it appears to shine as a partner in a blend, particularly when partnered up with Malbec. Such is the case with the 2011 Tikal Patriota, a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda. This wine has always been quite good and the current 2011 is a real beauty, with the kind of pricing that makes it an exceptional bargain.
Made by Ernesto Catena, this wine is an expression of emotion, in true Argentine fashion, meaning it is a wine meant to be enjoyed rather than a wine which provokes contemplation. Ernesto grew up in Mendoza, surrounded by vineyards and wine, and has a deep understanding of the various terroirs throughout Mendoza and also the Argentine flair for life.
Juicy with a plush, smooth texture and bright, luscious red and darker fruits, with its core of sweet fruit and refined tannins it becomes almost seductive, making it a real crowd pleaser. This got some serious reviews; the Wine Advocate actually calling the wine 'wonderful', which seems more than justified once you try it. If well made red wine is your thing then this Argentine beauty should really get your attention. We are offering this for $16.99 and $15.29 when you purchase 6 bottles or more, making it a great go to wine for the cool winter months just now upon us.
Posted by Gregg 00:00:00