2013 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary El Enemigo, Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Franc|
|Packaging||Original Wood Case|
|Duty Status||In Bond|
|Provenance||Purchased by Liquid Assets on release from a UK-based merchant; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility|
100 Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (June 2018)
I was really looking forward to tasting the 2013 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard since all of the previous vintages have been truly exceptional, and I wanted to see what it would be in a cooler year. The bottled wine contains perhaps 15% Malbec in the blend, and they will soon stop mentioning Cabernet Franc on the label. It fermented in 500-liter oak barrels with 50% of the Cabernet Franc and all of the Malbec and then matured in used oak foudres.
It's very intense and powerful, but at the same time, there is a kind of lightness on the palate that makes if feel light on its feet but with great inner power. There is citrus acidity that makes it effervescent and electric. It has some 7.5 grams of acidity and a pH of 3.45, very healthy parameters. The peppery character appears after some time, giving it a Chinon-like twist, and it also reminds me of my favorite Bordeaux, Pomerol's Lafleur. This is definitely world-class and worth lying down, as it should develop further complexity in bottle. This is one of those wines where the only improvement I can think of is having magnums rather than bottles. Bravo! Some 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2016.
93+ Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (July 2017)
Bright ruby. Vibrant, complex nose combines red fruits, graphite minerality, tea leaf and mocha. Densely packed and sweet, with well-integrated acidity giving the intense red and dark berry flavors an exhilarating tangy quality.
Really distinctive wine with a wonderful balance of sweet, savory and acid components. Finishes with a serious tannic wine, superb rising length and no hard edges. This energetic, mineral-driven wine conveys the weight and light touch of a top claret. Its pH is a very moderate 3.5, according to winemaker Vigil.