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Ernesto Catena 'Siesta' Malbec 2017
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James Suckling 93
“So much licorice, blackberry and sandalwood character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Medium, round and creamy tannins. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certified. Drink or hold.”-JS

Tim Atkin 90
“Ernesto Catena is the most vocal of Argentina’s natural wine producers, who is also a long-term champion of biodynamics. Made with no added sulphur dioxide, this is a pure Vista Flores Malbec that’s fresh, spicy and floral, with nuanced oak and a  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #46431
Location at store: 86d
Item Description
James Suckling 93
“So much licorice, blackberry and sandalwood character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Medium, round and creamy tannins. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certified. Drink or hold.”-JS

Tim Atkin 90
“Ernesto Catena is the most vocal of Argentina’s natural wine producers, who is also a long-term champion of biodynamics. Made with no added sulphur dioxide, this is a pure Vista Flores Malbec that’s fresh, spicy and floral, with nuanced oak and a fresh, balanced, harmonious finish. 2021-24”-TA

“Step into a universe of gourmet pleasure. A wine with the best of the soil and the skies. Everything about it is wonder. Its color shows its soul. Notes of jam and raisins, faithful wood, and harmoniously comprehensive. It’s heart is rounded, as everything in this wine.”-Winemaker Notes

“Founded by Ernesto Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker of Italian descent, Siesta was inspired by ancient Incan traditions. The Inca would often bury offerings to the land so that it would remain healthy and fertile. Following this ancient tradition, every year Ernesto Catena’s team buries a few bottles of their best wines in the Vistaflores vineyard, hoping that while sleeping their endless “Siesta”, these bottles will protect the vines, people, and harvest. Only biodynamically-certified grapes from the best lots of the Vistaflores vineyard that have been fermented in small tanks are used. The wine is later aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 months and then ages in bottle for another year. Intense, complex, and elegant, Siesta wines aim to express the varietal personality, which is enhanced by the unique characteristics of the Vistaflores terroir.”-Winery Notes
About Tikal
"Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena, son of Argentine wine pioneer Nicolás Catena, and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.

There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice). Please click on any of the underlined wines to view notes on the current releases.

Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch."
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