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El Enemigo Mendoza Gran Enemigo 2014

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750ML / 13.9% ABV
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750ML / 13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The nose presents sweet aromas of black ripen fruits with hints of vanilla and chocolate, which appear after the oak ageing. The mouthfeel is sweet with structured, persistent tannins due to the natural acidity of this wine, leading into an excellent long finish.

This wine pairs well with grilled meat, cheese, or slow roasted beef dishes.

Blend: 60% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Not far behind the 2013, the 2014 Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Single Vineyard has the same aromatic profile and a complex nose, perhaps with a tad less intensity and complexity, with those recurring aromas of saffron, thyme, lemongrass, curry and cereals. However, the palate seems a little more refined and polished and the oak better integrated, with very fine, elegant tannins and supple, tasty flavors. 4,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2017.
JS 97
James Suckling
This is a rich and glorious wine with so much blackberry and salty character. Light hints of cloves and green coffee beans. Full-bodied, layered and tight. Focused and racy. Cabernet franc with cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec, Drink or hold.
TA 93
Tim Atkin

Made in small quantities, like all of the Gran Enemigo blends, this Cabernet Franc/Malbec combo comes from one of the most westerly vineyards in the Uco Valley. Smoky, spicy, sun dried tomato notes with some green herbs and a note of Angostura bitters. 2018-24. Alcohol: 13.9%

D 92
Decanter

Enticing black fruit and violet followed by an elegant, yet powerful palate, with attractive notes of black cherry fruit and oak spice. A lovely drink.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This offers oak and mocha aromas, recalling char, leather, blackberry and green herbs. It's a five-grape blend that includes 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and in a cold year like 2014, that translates to angular acidity and heavily herbal plum and berry flavors. Decanting or long airing can only help this rugged amalgam. Drink through 2025.
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El Enemigo, South America
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El Enemigo translates as the enemy. Nodding to the fact that at the end of any journey, most remember only one battle — the one fought within (the original enemy). This is the battle that defines us. The wines of El Enemigo are a tribute to those internal battles that make us who we are, brought to fruition by a winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, and a historian, Adrianna Catena who share a love of wine and reach back in time to capture the era when European immigrants first settled in Argentina. These settlers sought to make wines as fine, and finer, than those of their old homeland. By 1936, Malbec and Petit Verdot were the most widely planted fine varietals in Argentina, their blend considered the ultimate in refinement and aging potential.

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By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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