Malbec 2017



Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Lujan de Cuyo
Malbec 90 %
Cabernet Franc 10 %
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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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Product notes

100% Malbec grapes from Gualtallary, Tupungato at a 1470m/ 4822ft elevation. Calcareous, Deep- Calcareous. Rocky soil.

Production notes

Wild yeast fermentation with a maximum temperature at 29º C / 84º F for 20 days, with 30 days of maceration. The wine is then aged 15 months in 100 year old foudre.

Tasting notes

Rich and concentrated, it offers aromas of black fruit, cherry and dark berryfruit on the nose followed in the palate by a full-bodied wine with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper and a slight floral character. The finish is elegant and lengthy.

Press reviews


- 94 points -

October 2020

Made with grapes from Gualtallary and aged for 15 months in old foudres, this Malbec, mixed with 10% Cabernet Franc, is proof of the beauty of the combination: the Franc lends the Malbec greater discipline and depth. Bright purple in the glass. The nose offers fresh cherries and plums with aromas of thyme. Gentle in the mouth, delivering fine, subtle tannins that lend framework, all with a genial freshness that brings the flavours to life and pleasantly stretches out the slightly taut palate. A delicious wine.

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Tim Atkin MW

- 93 points -

May 2020

The El Enemigo Malbec contains 10% Cabernet Franc - Ale Vigil is a master at blending
the two varieties - and all comes from bony soils in Gualtallary in the upper part of the Uco Valley. Fermented with 50% whole bunches, this is all about fruit and flavour rather than wood, with real zip, freshness and vibrancy, chalky minerality and fine-grained tannins.

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- 93 points -


This is Aleanna’s most basic malbec, and like all of the house’s malbecs, it comes from the Adrianna Vineyard, 1,450 meters up in Gualtallary. The soils there are chalky, and the mountain climate marks the palate of this wine as well as its fruits. It owes those firm, tense tannins to the soil and its tart red fruits to the climate, all in a malbec that offers a very good approach to Gualtallary wines. This year’s version is particularly clean and fresh, but most of all, it’s especially nervy and tense. One of the best versions of this wine.

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James Suckling

- 92 points -

April 2020

Love the blackberry, flower and orange-peel character. Medium body, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. This is real malbec. Total whole-berry fermentation gives this freshness and brightness. Tension to the very friendly fruit at the end.

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