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El Enemigo Malbectext
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16¾/20

El Enemigo Malbec 2017

Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaThis is classically-styled Argentinian malbec made by legendary Catena winemaker Alejandro Vigil. The fruit comes from the elite malbec terroir of 'high and dry' Gualtarray in the Uco Valley. However, great effort is made to make this malbec fresher, juicier, leaner, more claret-like. The inclusion of 10% cabernet franc adds discipline and depth, and 50% whole bunch fermentation provides lively fruit. The resulting wine combines classic aromas of violets, red cherries, and dark plums with appealing leafy and earthy notes. Loaded with red, black, and blue fruit and a grinding of black pepper, El Enemigo is full-bodied with smooth tannins, burnished by 15 months in large oak casks. The highly distinctive finish is juicy and fresh, with a very attractive lingering herbal complexity. Quite literally made for the barbecue. The juicy tang of the wine powerfully evokes the inviting aromas of steaks and chops over a smoky charcoal fire.Tasted: 27 February 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.99 select private retailers AB 37.05 select private retailers Producer: Bodega AleannaDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 251496UPC: 0077945450000972