Wine Advocate 90
"The 2016 Patriota is a blend of 60 Malbec and 40 Bonarda from La Consulta in the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in used oak barrels (60 French, 40 American) for 11 months. It's juicy, with density and a little less oak than in the past. But the tannins are still noticeable, which adds to the rusticity of the Bonarda. In this peculiar vintage, the Bonarda was put in stainless steel, aiming at the texture it provides. 72,000 bottles produced. There were two bottlings, one in December 2017 and one in May 2018."~Luis Gutierrez
Vinous Media 90
"Bright medium ruby. A touch of reduction to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and minerals. Juicy and penetrating in a 2016 way but more fruity and spicy than green. And sweeter than the Natural Malbec-Syrah without any loss of precision or energy. Offers good density without heaviness and finishes with positive tannic grip. This is very successful for the vintage, conveying the energy of the year without notes of rot or pronounced greenness."
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"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."