El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 'Agrelo' Single Vineyard 2017 - 750ml

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96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The spicy 2017 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard has notes of cloves and sweet spices (recurrent notes through the vintages in this wine), which, coupled with the fact that this is Cabernet Franc (with 15% Malbec), gives a different profile. In 2017 they only watered this vineyard three times despite the fact that the year was very dry; because the soil retains a lot of water with its high content in clay and the soil is always cooler than the air, it’s like a buffer for the high temperatures. So, the place behaves quite well in warm and dry years, and it shows. It’s medium to full-bodied with round tannins and a mellow texture. It’s tasty and finishes dry and long. Impressive for the vintage.

96pts James Suckling 

A full-bodied red with aromas of black cherry, blueberry, chocolate orange and hazelnut. Velvety, finely-integrated tannins support a deep core of spiced dark fruit. Wonderfully concentrated and flavorful, yet balanced and fresh.

95pts Descorchados

A definitely particular aroma that smells of sweet spices, cloves, and cinnamon. It's 80% cabernet franc and the rest is malbec, all from 30-year-old vineyards in Agrelo. Aged in foudres for 15 months, it has the qualities of the reds of the part of Luján de Cuyo, with its sweet fruits and the pleasing texture of sun-ripened tannins. And the finish that comes back again with those sweet spices, with that note of cloves that lends it personality.

94pts Tim Atkin

Cabernet Franc-based with 15% Malbec, the Agrelo Gran Emigo was picked in five different stages to maximise balance and complexity. The soils here are clay-based, and there’s a textural quality to the wine too, even at its comparatively low alcohol level. Subtle, leafy and lightly oaked, with plum and black cherry fruit and good length.

94pts Vinous

The 2017 Cabernet Franc El Enemigo Single Vineyard Agrelo has a 15% dash of Malbec, both from Lujan de Cuyo, 30% fermented in whole bunches before aging for 15 months in used barrels and foudres. Rich purple in the glass. The simple aromas feature ripe plum, blackcurrant and country herbs with hints of stems, black tea and jalapeno. Intense and compact with a juicy mouthfeel, the fine tannins sit on the tongue and act as a corset for the flow. The 107 is a linear, energetic red.

 

Winemaker Notes

El Gran Enemigo SV Agrelo is deep purple with red highlights. Its aromas are intense and elegant. Cabernet Franc brings light notes of eucalyptus and thyme. Malbec brings notes of ripe black fruits, blackberries and black cherries. The oak aging gives a touch of chocolate and vanilla to blend. Excellent balance and elegant. This wine was made in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties.

 

This wine pairs beautifully with roast chicken, turkey, duck, and other game birds along with seared steak and veal.

 

Winemaking is spread between the Catena family winery in the Uco Valley and Alejandro's own barrel room in his garden of Chachingo - The Republic - where his young son rides a horse among olive trees and where dogs and chickens share the grounds with the Vigil family and the winery.