Cabernet Franc 2018

EL ENEMIGO

Cabernet Franc
2018

Product code
847408
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Open
Status
Available
Product type
Still wine
Country
Argentina
Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Region
Mendoza
Varietal(s)
Cabernet Franc 100 %
Alcohol percentage
13.5%
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
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About this winery

El Enemigo, “the enemy”. The struggle that most defines us in our lives is the one that we wage with our selves. We are all our own worst enemies. This is the credo behind the name on the label. The wines of El Enemigo are enigmatic, charismatic, and verging on iconoclastic. In that way the wines reflect their maker, Alejandro Vigil, an almost Picasso-like personality. “Ale”, as he is known, is the head winemaker at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata, but he has many loves. He consults,...

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Press reviews

Descorchados

- 94 points -

2021

The entire Aleanna project began with cabernet franc, but with the cabernet franc from Guatallary's limestone soils. That was the cornerstone that what is now one of Argentina's most important wineries grew from. And this was their first wine, thanks to the 2009 vintage. And now, years later, this label has mutated toward a much tenser and fresher direction, leaving the sweetness aside and the oak behind. A delicious and herbal expression of a mountain cabernet (the vineyards are at the foot of the Andes, 1,470 meters above sea level) that's easy to drink—and that requires more than one bottle.

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James Suckling

- 93 points -

March 2021

Aromas of crushed berries with chili and mineral undertones. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Structured and savory. Tannic finish with length. Hints of herbs to the blackberry fruit character. Try after 2022, to let the tannins soften a bit. But already attractive.

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Tim Atkin MW

- 93 points -

May 2021

Blended with 10% Malbec for additional complexity and a little more weight, this is very much a high-altitude style of Cabernet Franc, showing classic graphite and cut grass aromas, granular tannins, subtle vanilla oak spice and a long, chalky finish.

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Wine Advocate

93+

Luis Gutiérrez, March 2021

The elegant, spicy, peppery and floral 2018 Cabernet Franc contains 10% Malbec, as these varietal bottling are rarely 100% varietal. It has intense and pungent flavors reminiscent of freshly cracked black peppercorns and wild herbs. The ripeness is contained, and the wine has a surprisingly low pH that provides very good freshness and a vibrant palate, more so given the very fine tannins and the tasty flavors that lift up the finish. Superb Cabernet Franc at an unbeatable price. 26,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019 after 15 months in centenary oak foudres.

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