Red

2011 Tikal Malbec Amorio

Malbec

  • Argentina
  • Mendoza

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Community Tasting Note

  • Giggs wrote: 91 points

    May 29, 2016 - Decanted 1 hour. 85% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot. "We call this wine Amorio, or 'Love Affair' to convey the deep and enduring feelings the Argentine people have toward the Malbec grape," winemaker Ernesto Catena writes on the back label. But 15% is a lot of Petit Verdot, and it is unquestionably the dominant flavor profile here. Tons of that Petit Verdot ink, purple saltwater taffy, licorice, and sweet floral perfume. The Malbec contributes weight and underlying gritty loam, all wrapped in a polished shell of charred cedar and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is very clean and feels heavily filtered (there was no sediment in the bottle), which makes me think "science experiment." I like this wine, but I'd love it if I could dial down the Petit Verdot to 5% or 10% and add back some unfiltered, authentic character. It's interesting to note vintages 2001-2010 are 100% Malbec and 2012-2013 are 60% Malbec/40% Cab Franc, so I suppose it was an experiment after all. Drink now-2021

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