Bonarda La Esperanza 2017


Bonarda La Esperanza

Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
San Martin
Bonarda 100 %
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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

 Wine Enthusiast

- 93 points -

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Raspberry, currant and floral aromas stand out. The front side of the palate is jammy and opulent, while the backside softens and settles. Jammy berry flavors are big and fruity, while this Bonarda finishes easy and with lots of ripe berry fruit. Drink through 2023.

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James Suckling

- 92 points -

April 2020

This is always a delicious red with medium body and a round mouthfeel with very little tannin. It shows smoke, charcoal and dark-fruit character at the finish.

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Wine Advocate

- 92 points -

October 2019

I tasted four single-vineyard Bonarda wines from 2017, the most elegant of which was the 2017 El Enemigo Bonarda Single Vineyard La Esperanza, from an old vineyard in San Martín in the east of Mendoza on deep sandy and clay soils. It's quite floral and expressive, quite elegant for Bonarda. It's juicy, long and fine, nicely textured.

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- 92 points -


La Esperanza comes from an 80-year-old vineyard in the San Martín zone of the warm eastern Mendoza, where bonarda abounds and ripens without problems. The soil is sandy, with traces of limestone, and winemaker Alejandro Vigil has no problems harvesting early to obtain fresher fruit and the tenser tannins that have a greater connection to the soil. This has fresh bonarda fruit, tart blackberries, and herbs in our favorite El Enemigo Single Vineyard.

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- 90 points -

October 2020

San Martín contains the most hectares of Bonarda under vine in the entire country. This example is planted in sandy soils in parrals and aged for 12 months in old foudres. The nose of blackberry, graphite and a hint of thyme is dense and confused but intriguing. Flavorful in the mouth, the wine flows indulgently, displaying a fleshy texture.

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