The 2012 Natural is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah from his organically farmed vineyards in Vista Flores. It has a complex nose intermixing ripe black fruit with flowers. It is subtle and elegant, with the oak perfectly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied. It is aged for ten months in 80% French and 20% American oak, of which 10% is new. The tannins are fine-grained and there is a fine thread of acidity going through the backbone of the wine that lifts it up.
|Tikal wines reflect the spirit of Mendoza: the sense of pride, love, celebration, and even a bit of craziness. Ernesto Catena spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. A skilled horseman, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in his wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice), and Locura (Madness).