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2005 Tikal Locura Mendoza
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2009

($200; for a magnum; a blend of 85% malbec, 10% bonarda and 5% torrontes) Bright, saturated ruby. The nose shows a nearly porty ripeness to the aromas of black cherry, blackberry, licorice and violet. Lush, creamy and sweet, with a captivating high-toned character giving it great early sex appeal. Wonderfully fat and sweet wine with a very long, broad, mouthcoating finish, thoroughly resolved tannins and a total absence of rough edges. A big, bold wine that was bottled entirely in magnums (just 450 were made), and yet I'd drink this in the near to mid term rather than burying it in the cellar. (Vine Connections, Sausalito, CA)

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.

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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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