You’ll make fast friends with this ‘Enemigo’ from Argentina, composed of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Malbec. The Cab Franc brings sweet spice, black pepper and thyme while the Malbec contributes ripe black fruit. This was made in homage to the old Pomerol style and Wine Advocate approves: “The palate is super austere with vibrant acidity – by far the highest among the Gran Enemigo bottlings – and very fine, chalky tannins. This is remarkable, serious, balanced and fresh with a very, very long and salty finish.”
The 2017 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard didn’t show any heat or excess ripeness from a warm and dry year. On the contrary, it’s austere and has citrus acidity, with great freshness and minerality. The palate is super austere with vibrant acidity – by far the highest among the Gran Enemigo bottlings – and very fine, chalky tannins. This is remarkable, serious, balanced and fresh with a very, very long and salty finish. This fermented in barrels with 100% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in centenary oak foudres for 15 months.
Pretty aromas of plum, blueberry, rose hip, lavender, sandalwood and oyster shell. It’s medium-to full-bodied with silky, seamless tannins. So pure and elegant with gorgeous layers of cool blue fruit. Saline and coffee notes, too. Long and evolving. Drink or hold.
The 2017 Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary has 15% dash of Malbec from Gualtallary, Uco Valley and was 30% fermented in whole bunches before aging for 15 months in barrels and foudres. A rich, dense purple thanks to the altitude, the complex, ripe nose presents notes of sour cherry and blackcurrant along with country herbs, jalapeno and ash. Juicy and intense with a compact flow the core resounds with freshness underneath finely grained tannins and an energy that keeps the wine going. The very definition of power and flavor in which the varietal has been shaped by the terroir