Tilia is Latin for Linden, the traditional tree found throughout Mendoza. Its flowers are used to make a popular herbal tincture said to have calming properties. This export-driven wine was made by longtime Catena winemaker, Leopoldo Kushnaroff, at Bodegas Esmeralda, and from malbec sourced from eastern and southern regions of Mendoza. Medium pale blush in hue, and bone dry, this is white pepper spiced orange, cherry, wild raspberry, spring rhubarb, light smoke on a brisk palate, tightened with roasted tea leaves and lengthened by the lingering, salty finish. An impressive showing, and all at a welcome 12.5 degrees alcohol.
Score: 89 points -- Treve Ring, Gismondi On Wine, May 2018