El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2011
|Appellation||Alto Vale de Uco|
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc is a little bit of the reverse blend of the Malbec, as it packs 92% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec also from Gualtallary in Tupungato in the Uco Valley. However, this is sourced from plots planted with 10,000 plants per hectare on schist soils. Very little SO2 was used in the production of this wine. It has some notes of black fruit and violets, but remains closed, austere, lineal and straight with very high acidity. It is very much about the soil, not much about the fruit, but its youth is revealed in the notes of the elevage that are still there: that is cedar wood, peat and graphite. Summarizing, this is an austere, serious, long, tight red that has great potential to age. Drink 2015-2020.
Wine SpectatorRipe, rich and well-crafted, with a meaty note to the open-textured flavors of dark plum, blackberry and dark chocolate. Very lush midpalate, with plenty of vanilla and spice accents. Finishes with hints of chocolate mousse and cedar. Drink now through 2019. 50 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastRipe berry, cassis and grilled meat aromas presage a fresh, zesty palate with free-flowing acidity that pumps up cherry, red plum, cassis and loamy earth flavors. It stays fruity, stout and smooth on the finish. The wine is ripe and fully representative of Mendoza and winemaker Alejandro's Vigil's style.