2011 Tikal "Patriota" Mendoza
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Tikal Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda from Vista Flores and La Vendimia from 14-year-old vines. It is raised in French and American oak for 12 months (30% new.) It has a confident, out-going bouquet of raspberries and wild strawberry complemented by hints of marmalade and quince. The palate is medium-bodied with luscious black fruit infused with minerals and a touch of graphite. It is supremely harmonious and seductive with filigree tannins on the refined finish. Wonderful. Drink now-2017.
Wine & Spirits
**Best Buy** Malbec and Bonarda make up this blend, two varieties that perform well on their own, but come together in a delicious, velvety and juicy red rich in blackberry and raspberry flavors, highlighted by violets and spice. A wine to drink now with charcuterie.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright saturated ruby. Dark berries, plum, mocha and chocolate on the very ripe nose and palate. Sweet, lush and seamless, but with a hint of minerality and solid acidity enabling the wine to maintain balance and freshness. A mouthfilling and very successful blend, finishing broad and long, firmly tannic but not at all dry.