2010 Tikal Mendoza Malbec

Tikal Mendoza Malbec

The Tikal Mendoza Malbec was such a pleasure to drink compared to the previous vintage. It’s not like that wine was bad, it was not, in fact it was really pretty good. It’s just that the 2010 blows the 2009 away. This is the embodiment of the purest expression of Malbec fruit that I have tasted in a while. The wine is a 100% Malbec farmed organically at an altitude of 1000 meters that translates to approximately 3800 feet. Bright fresh fruit aromas accompanied by the smell of spice that only comes from a restrained use of French oak round out the bouquet for this well crafted wine. Smooth texturally and exciting on the palate the flavors carry the fruit, but fruit flavors are a bit bigger and darker than the aromas and the spice has also added a bit more complexity to the flavor profile.

Malbec has started to receive a reputation for being a singular dimension grape and despite the fact that there are a few that resemble that remark there are also wonderful complex wines like this one so keep an open mind on Malbec. Another fact on the Malbec scene these days is you can no longer count on getting great wines at a $10 a bottle retail price. They just wanted to get our attention when it was selling that cheap. A well-made Malbec is now going to set you back between $15 and $20. It is still going to be better than a lot of $50 domestic wines. This Tikal Mendoza Malbec wine is complex enough to want to serve it with bold dishes that can take a supporting role to the wine. It also works well as a standalone sipper. You will be the hit of the party if you show up with this one armed with enough information to talk about it. Enjoy!

Rating: Excellent (91) | $22 | 14.2% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Jesse December 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM - Reply

    I saw your twitter comment and had to remark. I guess its true–try organic before making a judgement call. I had this wine before knowing it was organic and I enjoyed it. So much for judging wine by its cover (label).

    • enobytes December 8, 2011 at 9:01 PM - Reply

      Indeed, you hit the nail on the head Jesse!

  2. Halley Jorgenson December 9, 2011 at 4:57 AM - Reply

    An interesting Malbec review. I’m not a fan of organics but I might just try it.

    • enobytes December 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      it is definitely MacDaddy Marc approved, give it a try!

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