El Enemigo Single Vineyard 'El Barranco' Bonarda 2017 - 750ml

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94pts Wine Enthusiast

Editors' Choice

Black currant, dark plum and berry aromas are lightly floral and hint at herbs, giving this Bonarda an elegant nose. A juicy, lifted palate is pulpy but finessed. Raspberry, cherry and currant flavors are a touch reedy, while this tastes slightly of red licorice candy accented by herbs on the finish. Drink through 2025. MICHAEL SCHACHNER

93pts James Suckling

The depth and intensity of fruit here is impressive for a Bonarda, showing dried berries, wet earth and black leather. Full body and light, creamy tannins. Beautiful, juicy fruit and subtle, complex character. Hints of nutmeg and slate to the black fruit. Drink now.

90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 El Enemigo Bonarda Single Vineyard El Barranco was produced from an old vineyard in Junin, in the east of Mendoza. It has a strong personality, elegant rusticity, a little earthiness and some grainy tannins. It's varietal, juicy and tasty. A red for food. 6,000 bottles produced.

 

Importer Notes

One of Argentina's most acclaimed wineries, El Enemigo has rocketed to superstardom in just a few short vintages. El Enemigo is a joint venture of two big names in Argentine wine - Catena's winemaker Alejandro Vigil and Dr Catena's younger daughter, Adrianna. These two were drawn together by a passion for creating more approachable and mineral-driven wines that are expressive of the nuances of Mendoza’s special terroirs.

 

Setting out to achieve what the pioneers of Napa Valley did in the 1970s and 1980s, and creating new wines in tiny quantities with the highest possible quality and critical acclaim, they are one now among the leading wine names in the whole of Argentina. The scores they are producing for their wines have already created a cult-like following amongst knowledgeable collectors.