2014 Tilia Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1228415 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)  (8/2015)

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)  (3/2016)

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)

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2015 | Send Email
I love the direction that affordable Argentinian Malbec is headed. This wine is taut and focused, with plenty of ripe berry fruit. Notes of plum and blackberry on the palate deliver you to a slightly tannic and spicy finish. How can this wine be only $8.99?!?!?

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2015 | Send Email
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 Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2015 | Send Email
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.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 13