2012 Bodegas Aleanna El Enemigo Gran Enemigo

Year: 2012
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2012 El Gran Enemigo is a blend of some 40% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, quite a different blend from the 2011 vintage, but also all from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. The idea for this blend is to only use grapes from limestone soils, always a blend, while the single vineyard from Gualtallary is basically a varietal Cabernet Franc. 2012 was a little cooler than 2011, but there's a lot more Malbec here, and there are less herbal aromas and more floral tones. There's hardly any oak in these wines now; they are aged in used, well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels and then transferred to cement vats. It feels purer, more defined, aromatic and subtle. This is really superb, with incredible citric acidity that makes you salivate. It keeps changing in the glass, one minute giving more herbal notes, the following minute turning floral, spicier, growing in the glass and developing new nuances. This is an impressive, age-worthy blend, with the telltale chalky tannins and a supple finish. 7,000 bottles produced.

There is a new line of single-vineyard Bonarda from different zones of Mendoza, produced in small quantities and not necessarily every year. The range was first bottled in 2012. The single vineyard from Gualtallary helps identify quality and character in Argentina, even in a vintage like 2012. I'm really looking forward to tasting the 2013..." (WA)

"(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.