A 60/40 Bonarda/Malbec blend, this was the second wine in our lineup at the 31st virtual wine tasting. It showed deep purple with lots of staining and medium viscosity (13.5% ABV). On the nose- blackberry, black cherry, black currant, pomegranate and caramel. Others noted candied cherry, twizzlers, fig, slate and violet. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and high tannins. The dark, ripe fruit flavors were echoed on the palate along with some oak influence- coffee, charred wood and an oaky hint. The finish on this medium bodied wine was decent in length and really honed in on the ripe, black berries. I gave it 13 points on our scoring sheet and would assign it 90 points. For $20 this wine gets 4 stars with a drinking window of 2025-2030 unless you like them tannic AF. Salut….
Ernesto Catena Vineyards Tikal Patriota 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
27 Saturday May 2023