2012 Bodegas Aleanna El Enemigo Gran Enemigo

Year: 2012
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot

"(from a high-altitude, densely planted, south-facing site that's protected from hot afternoon sun; this Bordeaux blend was co-fermented in barrels with punchdowns): Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of currant, tobacco, licorice, cocoa powder, spices and violet. Very concentrated, broad and dry, in a Bordeaux style. Conveys an utterly seamless texture to the powerful flavors of dark berries, cocoa powder, dried herbs, graphite and mocha oak. Seriously tannic, structured wine with a terrific future. My sample steadily gained in sweetness with extended aeration." (VM)

"A dense and muscular red but shows fabulous texture and form. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a length that is splendid and sophisticated. Needs two or three years to soften but so great. A blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon with merlot and petit verdot." (JS)

"Aromas of blueberry, violet, wood smoke and black fruits are subtle, complex and poised. Bold, smooth and structured on the palate, this offers baked, earthy, toasty blackberry flavors in front of a finish with a loamy, earthy feel and flavors of baking spices. Drink through 2022." (WE)

Winery Notes:
In the spectrum of people who pay attention to detail, winemakers are often incredibly detail-oriented. This can sometimes spill over to become an internal battled, and, as Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena state, "We are our own worst enemy." El Enemigo pays homage to this internal struggle.

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.