2010 Aleanna Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
Price :
$59.95

A $90 LIST PRICE, I THINK WE STOLE THIS ONE!! GEM MATERIAL!!

"The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than the 2009 vintage, but I still prefer the wines from Gualtallary. It is interesting to note that in years with higher acidity he uses less SO2. This is truly vertical. Only 3,500 bottles were produced. Very good value. Drink 2015-2022. Aleanna is a combination of the names Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena, (winemaker and youngest daughter) of Nicolas Catena and is the name given to their small joint venture. El Enemigo (The Enemy) is the name of the wines produced here, some of which are almost experimental and offered in limited quantities. All the wines were initially fermented in old barriques and old wood vats to avoid excessive influence of the oak in the wines, but they are now moving toward cement vats without epoxy lining and aging in used 225-liter barrels and in 4,000-liter, 100-year-old foudres. I had the great pleasure and superb learning experience to slowly taste the 2009 and 2010 vintages of the Gran Enemigo single-vineyard wines and experience the differences of the vintages and the soils from Agrelo and Gualtallary transparently reflected in the wines. That’s what I call true wines of terroir. There are different bottlings of the Gran Enemigo cuvee, some blending fruit from Gualtallary and Agrelo, but certainly the most interesting ones are the single-vineyard ones. For these the blend is Cabernet Franc with some 15-20% Malbec and the wines are never acidified. The goal is to achieve 13% natural alcohol in the wines, but it has to be done in the vineyard, not with adjustments in the winery. The difference in soils is clear: Agrelo is at 900 meters altitude and the soils are pure clay, a cool soil, but the air is warm. The vineyard in Gualtallary is at 1,480 meters above sea level with 12,000 plants per hectare with pure calcite (planted by Alejandro Sejanovich who used to be vineyard manager at Catena, and was the one who hired Alejandro Vigil). The results speak for themselves, but if you want figures, the wines from Agrelo have seven grams of acidity (which is very high), while the ones from Gualtallary have nine grams (which is almost insane). In both cases pH is around 3.5. Malolactic fermentation is partial." (WA)

"(includes 5% petit verdot): Deep ruby-red. Lovely lift to the aromas and flavors of blackberry, violet, flowers and game. Sweet, layered and seamless, with perfectly integrated acidity and a cool-soil quality to the lively fruit. Terrific vinosity here. Juicy, intense and very suave, finishing with noble tannins and superb length. Alejandro Vigil, who likes blending a small percentage of cabernet franc into some the top reds he makes at Catena, has a major winner in this varietal offering under his own label." (VM)