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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Tikal Patriota 2015
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Dark red-ruby. Very sexy spicy oak lift to the aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and licorice. At once juicy and supple, with good energy and a glossy oak element to the strong blackberry and licorice flavors. Quite silky and deep for this bottling. The rising finish features
Item Number: 30062
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Tikal 'Natural' Red Blend 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "(this project of Ernesto Catena specializes in Malbec blends; from a biodynamically farmed vineyard): Full medium ruby. Cassis, violet and espresso on the nose, with a touch of reduction. Concentrated, distinctly saline wine with a layered texture and lovely concentration to its
Item Number: 27376
Bottle:$16.95
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Ernesto Catena 'Padrillos' Malbec 2017
“Young profile, has a fresh style and violet floral aromas with flavors of plum, cherries, dried berries, and a slight feeling of white pepper on the finish. Ideal to consume now while is not losing its lively and indomitable vitality.”-Winemaker’s Notes   “Ernesto Catena Selections are an
Item Number: 24983
Bottle:$8.95
Case: $107.40
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Ernesto Catena Siesta Siesta Malbec 2013
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 “The 2013 Siesta Malbec was sourced from their estate vineyard in Vista Flores. It matured for 14-16 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. The nose is very spicy and oaky, dominated by tones of cinnamon and vanilla. The fruit is in the background and there are
Item Number: 24357
Bottle:$24.95
Case: $149.70
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Tikal Patriota 2014
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "A rich and dense red with lots of blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy texture. Cool blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda."  Vinous Media 90 "Bright medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis and violet,

Tikal 'Natural' Red Blend 2013
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94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "This is very intense with sea salt, blackberry and dried meat aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy and polished tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Stylish intense wine. A blend of Malbec and Syrah. Made from biodynamic grapes."  "Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena, son of

Ernesto Catena Siesta Siesta Malbec 2007
91  Wine & Spirits 
Wine Spectator 91 "A rich and elegant red, with a deep well of dark plum, raspberry and fig flavors, accented by concentrated Asian spice notes. Very minerally, showing details of pepper and slate on the lively finish. Drink now through 2020."~WS   Wine & Spirits 91 "A pure expression of

Tikal Patriota 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice pastille, cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Plush, supple and sweet, with broad blackberry and spicy oak flavors nicely framed by well-integrated acidity. The Bonarda component serves to fill out the wine's mid-palate,

Ernesto Catena 'Padrillos' Malbec 2014
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87  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 87 "The 2014 Padrillos Malbec is sourced from the Uco Valley, cold fermented in stainless steel with 20% inner staves. The wine is clean and straightforward with aromas of cherries and violets plus a faint hint of spices. The palate is fresh, medium-bodied, easy to drink. 300,000

Tikal 'Natural' Red Blend 2012
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Very cool wine that is delicious to drink and offers the balance and intensity of top reds from the Rhone Valley. Full-bodied and soft with velvety tannins and a savory finish. Made from 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah, all biodynamically grown and certified by Demeter."  Wine

Tikal Patriota 2012
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91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 WS TOP 100 2014 Rank 45 "A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020."   "Tikal is

Ernesto Catena Vineyards 'Tikal Patriota' 2011
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2011 Tikal Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda from Vista Flores and La Vendimia from 14-year-old vines. It is raised in French and American oak for 12 months (30% new.) It has a confident, out-going bouquet of raspberries and wild strawberry complemented by

Tikal 'Natural' Malbec 2011
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2011 Tikal Natural is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah both organically farmed in Vista Flores from 10-year-old vines. It is aged for ten months in 80% French and 20% American oak of which 10% is new. It has a vibrant, almost life-affirming bouquet of lifted dark cherries,

Ernesto Catena 'Padrillos' Malbec 2013
"A dark, jammy red that weaves baking spice, toasty oak and dark licorice with dense blackberry, cassis and kirsch notes. Coarse tannins close in on the smoky finish. Drink now." ~ Winery notes

Ernesto Catena Selections Siesta Malbec 2007
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Rich but very well-focused, with Kenya AA coffee framing the roasted fig, hoisin sauce and plum pudding notes, which glide through the graphite-supported finish. Muscular, but defined and fresh. Impressive."

Ernesto Catena Selections Padrillos Malbec 2008
"Riding a wild stallion in the vast Andes, at the foot of the Aconcagua Mountain, is a true feeling of freedom. Awaiting us, this stallion will take us into the depths of it's intense mysteries and beauties." ~ Winery notes

Tikal Amorio Malbec 2009
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2009 Amorio is 100% Malbec sourced from an ungrafted 43-year-old vineyard and aged for 16 months in 60% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration (as are all of these wines). Purple-colored with legs that coat the glass, it exhibits an expressive nose of

Tikal 'Patriota' Malbec/Bonarda 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2010 Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda aged for 12 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an enticing nose of Asian spices, incense, lavender, plum, and blueberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a ripe, plush, savory

Tikal Jubilo 2004
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Gushes with showy fruit--fig, currant, almost overripe plum--along with exotic spice, incense, tar and licorice flavors. Yet stays focused and pure, with fine-grained tannins and well-integrated acidity maintaining its balance on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec." JM

Tikal Amorio Malbec 2006
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2006 Amorio (100% Malbec), from a great vintage, spent 12 months in French oak, 60% new. It is opaque purple-colored with a splendid perfume of pain grille, vanilla, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, it has a plush palate feel, excellent balance,