Tilia Malbec 2014
Wine AdvocateThe grapes of the 2014 Malbec were harvested very early and 70% of them fermented using carbonic maceration. The freshness is so impressive that I had to look at the alcohol level, which is half a degree lower than in the fresher 2013 vintage! There are some herbal aromas (think raspberry leaf), bright cherries and flowers, even lilies. The palate is very tasty, with some subtle bitter flavors, fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a triumph over the vintage. Bravo! This should be readily available, as they produced 500,000 bottles of it. And it's one of the best values in Argentina too! The Tilia range is produced at Bodegas Esmeralda, one of the Catena family's oldest wineries in Junin in the eastern part of Mendoza, a very poor zone, where there was no tradition for quality wines and the vineyards were trained in the pergola system. They blend in some fruit from the south part of the province that has higher acidity, as they aim at drinkable wines. The Tilia name comes from the tilo trees (linden) which are quite common there. In general, the Tilia wines see no or very little oak, trying to preserve the fruit character of the wine. They are closed with screw caps. Great value wines.
Wine EnthusiastFloral blackberry aromas are concentrated. The saturated palate is somewhat narrow in breadth, while boysenberry and minty oak flavors rank as dark. A wiry but juicy finish is lasting and offers a note of chocolaty oak.
Wine SpectatorOffers peppery aromas, with flavors of red plum and boysenberry supported by fresh acidity. Asian spice accents show on the finish. Drink now. 45,000 cases made.