Another Argentine Wine the 2004 Tikal, Patriota
This particular bottle was purchased quite a while ago. In looking through my old Leighton House Selection notes it was back in the fall of 2006. For several years we frequently drank the current vintage of Tikal, Patriota finding comfort in its vigorous blend. Earlier this winter I came across this bottle buried towards the bottom of my wine boxes. In my original tasting note I remarked, “Drink now for the vigor of youth (decanting recommended) or over the next year.” I should have heeded my original drinking estimate. While this bottle has plenty of life left, the fruit is receding with the structure and barrel influences gaining ground.
2004 Tikal, Patriota, Mendoza – $23
Imported by Vine Connections. This is a blend of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec sourced from vineyards in Rivadavia, La Consulta, and Vista Flores. The vines average 40 years of age and are located at 960 meters. The wine is aged in 70% French oak (of which 40% is new) and 30% two-year old American oak. This is salty with dark, flavors of roast. It is still quite strapping with flavors that expand in the mouth. Though it is strong there is not much complexity and the pleasing texture cannot make up for the current, heavy flavor profile. On the second night it was a bit gritty, with cooler, blue fruit, and stoney notes. Though this will live for many years to come, I would drink this now.