2012 Tikal "Jubilo" Mendoza

SKU #1168799 94 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant and refined red, offering bountiful flavors of dark plum, roasted cherry and blackberry pie that are lush and open-textured. Intense notes of dark chocolate and raspberry preserves linger on the spice-infused finish. (KM)  (2/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Jubilo is a Bordeaux-styled blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores and La Consulta. It is ripe, with notes of graphite, cedar wood, damsons and blackberries, indicating that the Cabernet steals the show. The palate is also ripe and full-bodied, with gritty tannins and good acidity, big and concentrated but somehow with enough elegance and lightness. It needs time. (LG)  (4/2014)

90 points Vinous

 (60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, licorice and black tea. Juicy and energetic, with the black fruit and dark chocolate flavors enlivened by black tea and herbal notes from the Cabernet component. Finishes brisk and long, with firm tannic support. (ST)  (2/2015)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
As with all things chez Tikal, this is a bigger, powerful wine. Smoky/savory oak aromas show mocha and some dark caramel, with the fruit lying in the background, but on the palate...different story. Chunky red and dark plum fruits show drier than what the nose suggests. Clearly there is good quality fruit used here, no surprise given that a Catena (Ernesto) is involved! Definitely a solid fuller bodied wine for your next cookout or grilled steak.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


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