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90 Points and a Sub-$8 Price on an Easy Drinking Malbec - 12/12/2017 - Argentina

When it comes to serious and undeniable value in a classic red from Argentina, one need look no further than the 2014 Tilia Malbec. This overperforming charmer drinks far better than its modest $7.99 price tag would suggest. Central to the wine’s appeal is its unbridled freshness. Lively and expressive it bursts with all the dark-fruited goodness one expects from a top-flight Malbec. A couple years of bottle age have smoothed out its already plush tannins, which makes for a supple and velvety mouthfeel. As the tasting notes below will attest, it all too easy to mistake this 2014 with a much pricier bottling. Now that we are deep in the holiday season with the demand for party reds is at its all time high, our drop of Tilia Malbec couldn’t have hit at a better time. This plump red will definitely have your family and friends coming back for more. A strong contender for wine value of 2017, this is a great wine to load up on and enjoy on just about any occasion.

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2014 Tilia Malbec Mendoza ($7.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The grapes of the 2014 Malbec were harvested very early and 70% of them fermented using carbonic maceration. The freshness is so impressive that I had to look at the alcohol level, which is half a degree lower than in the fresher 2013 vintage! There are some herbal aromas (think raspberry leaf), bright cherries and flowers, even lilies. The palate is very tasty, with some subtle bitter flavors, fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a triumph over the vintage. Bravo! This should be readily available, as they produced 500,000 bottles of it. And it's one of the best values in Argentina too! (LG)" (08/2015)

Vinous: "Bright dark red. Inviting aromas of crushed blackberry, sandalwood and bitter chocolate lifted by a violet note. Juicy acidity enlivens the dark berry and spice flavors. A wine of moderate depth but this Malbec boasts good energy for the year and avoids the green excesses of 2014. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins, a peppery nuance and decent length. The brisk, nicely integrated acidity of the current set of Tilia wines gives them lift and juicy drinkability. (ST)" (03/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "Floral blackberry aromas are concentrated. The saturated palate is somewhat narrow in breadth, while boysenberry and minty oak flavors rank as dark. A wiry but juicy finish is lasting and offers a note of chocolaty oak. *Best Buy* (MS)" (10/2015)

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

This is a great everyday drinker, even better a party wine, it is simple, charming and very drinkable. Dark cherry and dark berry fruit with a spicy compote note and a hint of well worn leather on the nose. Medium bodied, round fruit entry with soft tannins that gently expand on the palate. Charming dark cherry fruit with a real subtle spice note on the palate.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 04, 2017

A quality sub-$10 Malbec from Mendoza. This Argentine red draws you in with aromas of boysenberry, açaí, and blue fruit. Underlying tones of espresso powder chocolate, and leather. On the palate, this wine is notably lighter than your typical Malbec. Silky tannins accented by berry medley and milk chocolate flavors. Elevated acidity as well. Two thumbs up for this value South American red!

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

Here's a great entry point wine into the wonderful world of Mendoza. With dark spicey aromas on the nose, the wine is smooth and juicy on the palate with dense black fruit and hints of tobacco and chocolate. This is a super contender in the under $10 weeknight category!

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

I've always had a soft spot for this over-delivering Malbec, but perhaps never more so than for the 2014. It's a ton of wine, especially for our sub-$8 price and it probably won't be long for our shelves at that. The color is a deep ruby, but the aromas are lined with blue and red fruit. The palate is fresh and vibrant, exceptionally balanced, and concentrated without being heavy. The style almost has me thinking $25 Côtes du Rhône. Either way, an easy-going bottle that begs to be shared and one you won't have to think twice about opening at a modest $7.99.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

I would urge anyone reading this to not be turned off by the low price of this wine, since it: a.) is delicious and b.) drinks at least as well or better than many of the $10-$15 reds in our already highly curated selection. Tilia is pure, plummy Malbec, but with loads of freshness and drinkability. There is a much drier and more serious palate impression than what one may expect for under $10 red. A naturally occurring 13% ABV thanks to a cooler vintage, this is fantastic wine for any and all value seekers. Just might be the value red of the year for me - don't be shy about the price, you will love this wine. Added bonus: Tilia continues to be made from organic grapes.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2015

This is a steal. We all know Malbec is a bargain, but this wine has it all. Gamey, dark fruit with a pleasantly plump body and bright acidity with chewy, ripe tannins: this wine is a no-brainer. Perfect for parties, or as your new house red!

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2015

It's inky, lush, and plummy - three components that I adore about Malbec. This is an easy-drinking, full-bodied wine that bursts on to the palate with notes of dark cherry, mocha, black currant and baking spice to finish. A very, very nice Malbec that drinks well above its $8.99 price point.