Tikal

Patriota Mendoza Malbec Bonarda

9.028 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Malbec, Bonarda
Tomato-Based, Beef, Potato, Venison, White Rice, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Pasta, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

I did not take notes as these wines were served over a casual lunch with the Tikal staff.

Photos of, their Bodega about a hour or so south of Mendoza. Photos around their offices back in Mendoza

I did not take notes as these wines were served over a casual lunch with the Tikal staff.

Photos of, their Bodega about a hour or so south of Mendoza. Photos around their offices back in Mendoza

May 15th, 2018
Willie Carter

A dark and brooding violet with a wide rim and cherry undertones. A big, sexy nose of blackberries, smoke, and stewed plums. This is not a deeply complex or thoughtful but it’s certainly not a mindless fruit bomb. Year in and year out, it’s one of my favorite wines. 60% high altitude Malbec and the rest Bonarda, it doesn’t qualify as “mouth watering” or “refreshing” but it is damn good. Really nice, mild acidity along with fresh herbs joining in the mid palate for fun. Just the right amount of toasted oak and menthol in entry, with tons of red and black fruits providing backup. A hint of vanilla cream on the longish finish. This is the wine I give to people when they want something affordable and delicious. For a good reason.

A dark and brooding violet with a wide rim and cherry undertones. A big, sexy nose of blackberries, smoke, and stewed plums. This is not a deeply complex or thoughtful but it’s certainly not a mindless fruit bomb. Year in and year out, it’s one of my favorite wines. 60% high altitude Malbec and the rest Bonarda, it doesn’t qualify as “mouth watering” or “refreshing” but it is damn good. Really nice, mild acidity along with fresh herbs joining in the mid palate for fun. Just the right amount of toasted oak and menthol in entry, with tons of red and black fruits providing backup. A hint of vanilla cream on the longish finish. This is the wine I give to people when they want something affordable and delicious. For a good reason.

1 person found it helpfulApr 17th, 2020
"Odedi"

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphites, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, cloves, earth, dark coffee, vegetables, graphites, bell pepper, spices, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Bonarda blend from Argentina is always enjoyable. Earthy with enough black fruits to be able to enjoy by itself. A good food wine too.

Showing nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. This vintage does not seem to show a lot of tannins, for some reason. Maybe because there is more Bonarda than in other vintages.

Needs 2 years to mature properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec.

13.5% alcohol by volume (feels like more).

89 points.

$25.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphites, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, cloves, earth, dark coffee, vegetables, graphites, bell pepper, spices, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Bonarda blend from Argentina is always enjoyable. Earthy with enough black fruits to be able to enjoy by itself. A good food wine too.

Showing nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. This vintage does not seem to show a lot of tannins, for some reason. Maybe because there is more Bonarda than in other vintages.

Needs 2 years to mature properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec.

13.5% alcohol by volume (feels like more).

89 points.

$25.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2019
Holli Greenfield

Great Malbec with lamb. Very enjoyable

Great Malbec with lamb. Very enjoyable

1 person found it helpfulApr 13th, 2019
Chuck Millsaps

Bringing this home tonight.

Bringing this home tonight.

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2019
Michael B

I had a glass of this Malbec with a plate of meats/cold cuts. It is a well crafted and balanced wine. A mix of dark and red cherries, blueberries, plums and cranberries. Had some white pepper and mild tobacco spice. Softer than expected finish. Not as complex as I would have liked. An enjoyable and very approachable wine for those interested in exploring Malbec.

I had a glass of this Malbec with a plate of meats/cold cuts. It is a well crafted and balanced wine. A mix of dark and red cherries, blueberries, plums and cranberries. Had some white pepper and mild tobacco spice. Softer than expected finish. Not as complex as I would have liked. An enjoyable and very approachable wine for those interested in exploring Malbec.

Mar 22nd, 2019
Melissa Derickson

Lovely red wine. Fruity on the front and smooth on the back. Great with steak!

Lovely red wine. Fruity on the front and smooth on the back. Great with steak!

Mar 16th, 2019
Kay Davis

More of a berry flavor than expected. Nice with a steak!

More of a berry flavor than expected. Nice with a steak!

Mar 9th, 2019
Austin Maples

Dark fruit. Soft on the palate and very smooth

Dark fruit. Soft on the palate and very smooth

Mar 6th, 2019
Oscar Díaz Maldonado

Ligero, Dulce, ácido, simpático. Esta sería mi descripción también!!! Saluuuu

Ligero, Dulce, ácido, simpático. Esta sería mi descripción también!!! Saluuuu

May 3rd, 2018