Tilia Malbec 2014


SKU 23229


Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice. Food Pairing: Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavors like cranberry pot roast or roast duck with sour cherry sauce.
Category Red Wine
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Brand Tilia
Alcohol/vol 13%
  • wa90

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.

Luis Gutierrez, August 2015
  • we87

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.

Michael Schachner, October 1, 2015
  • ws87

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.

Kim Marcus, December 2015