Cabernet Franc 2017


Cabernet Franc

Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Cabernet Franc 92 %
Malbec 8 %
Producer's website

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,...

See the EL ENEMIGO detail page for more information on this brand

Press reviews

Tim Atkin MW

- 95 points -

May 2020

Made “like a flan”, according to Ale Vigil, this is a co-fermented blend of Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec, with lots of whole bunches and aged in old wooden foudres. Zesty and fresh, with the low alcohol and focus that are a feature of the El Enemigo style, it’s savoury and bright with salty minerality and graphite and green herb flavours.

See detailed press review
Wine Advocate

- 93 points -

October 2019

The expressive and elegant 2017 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc has some 8% Malbec in the blend. It's a subtle red with nuance and detail, very harmonious, aromatic, even floral within the spicy character of the variety. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins are very fine and there's moderate alcohol and very good freshness and harmony. This matured in oak foudres for some 15 months.

See detailed press review
James Suckling

- 93 points -

April 2020

This is such a delicious cabernet franc with blackberry and floral notes on the nose and palate, which draw you in and invite you to drink. Medium body. Round, creamy tannins and a delicious finish. The use of whole berries really makes this.

See detailed press review

- 93 points -


The cabernet franc (with a bit of malbec) from the chalky soils of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary tends to leave the herbal notes aside and remains a bit mute on the nose. The palate, however, in this case—and in many others—is full of fiber and very firm, tense structure, while the flavors of tart red fruits have a little party.

See detailed press review

- 92 points -

October 2020

Harvested in stages in Gualtallary over a five-week period, this Cabernet Franc with 8% Malbec, aged in foudres, is a grand statement about the virtues of the variety. Sweet and sour cherries dominate a nose that reveals light hints of pyrazine, but are then overtaken in the glass by black currant. An open wine with a juicy palate, firm structure and polished tannins, presenting an engaging character and a long, fruity finish.

See detailed press review
 Wine Enthusiast

- 92 points -

Editor's Choice


Tight, spicy aromas of rooty berry fruits brightened by red currant set up a smooth, jammy palate that doesn't weigh too heavily. Peppery black fruit flavors are topped by toasty oak, while this expands on the finish with berry, spice and chocolate notes, with herbal hints coming in late. Drink through 2024. 

See detailed press review