El Enemigo 'Gran Enemigo' Gualtallary Vineyard 2017
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97
James Suckling
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98
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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95
Vinous
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El Enemigo 'Gran Enemigo' Gualtallary Vineyard 2017

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El Enemigo translates as "the enemy." 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. They 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 exemplary and finer than those of their old homeland. By 1936, Malbec and Petit Verdot were Argentina's most widely planted varietals, and their blend is considered the ultimate refinement and aging potential.

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
The 2017 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard showed no 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 complex with vibrant acidity, the highest among the Gran Enemigo bottlings and wonderful, chalky tannins. This is remarkable, serious, balanced and fresh with a long and salty finish. This fermented in barrels with 100% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in centenary oak foudres for 15 months.

97 Points - James Suckling
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 excellent blue fruit. Saline and coffee note, too. Long and evolving. Drink or hold.

95 Points - Vinous
The 2017 Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary has a 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, jalapeño 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 flavour in which the terroir has shaped the varietal.

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