Eleni and I are big fans for Tikal wines and respectively have reviewed the 2006 Amorio and 2003 Patriota. While Tikal has received high marks and recognition for making exciting wines featuring Bonarda, the 2009 Natural Malbec is a fantastic example of what impressive wines Ernesto Catena and winemaker Luis Reginato can make with 100% Malbec.
The first aroma to come out of the glass of dark purple wine is plum! Spicy, jammy plum, along with brambly notes and a hint of dust. On the palate, the plum combines with red raspberry, coffee bean, and the freshness of herbs, primarily dill and a bit of mint. Medium plus acidity and medium tannins provide structure that is neither wimpy nor overbearing. Tikal Natural has a lasting finish of red fruit. It was a perfect accompaniment to beef tenderloin, but is delicious on its own, too.
At Brix Wine Shop for $19.99.