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El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Cabernet Franc 2014 - 750ml

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98pts James Suckling

A perfumed and significant red on the nose with crushed blackberries, currant bush and rose petal. Full body, fresh herbs, dense fruit and a racy finish. Very powerful.

98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

I also tasted the 2014 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard, which might take some months to come into the market. It has some balsamic aromas, medicinal hints, traces of orange peel, saffron and a touch of sweet spices. It's built around very fine tannins and a notable core of acidity that acts as backbone, giving it length and lifting up the finish. This is quite in line with the 2010 vintage, with power and freshness in a rare combination of clout and elegance only the very best wines manage to show. 

95pts Tim Atkin

My pick of the Gran Enemigos in 2014, this cuvée of Cabernet Franc with 15% Malbec hails from Gualtallary. It’s a fresh, savoury, scented style with chalky minerality, fine-boned tannins and a long, tangy, refreshing finish. Sappy, mouth-watering stuff. 2019-28

95pts Decanter

A vibrant, opulent and very stylish example with a complex earthy, mineral, cassis, blueberry and cinnamon nose and taste, plus well-integrated oak. Drink through to ca. 2028.

91pts Wine Spectator

Dense and powerful, with notes of iron and underbrush to the dark currant, black olive and raspberry flavors, backed by juicy acidity. Cocoa powder details fill in the suave finish. Drink now through 2022. 

90pts Wine & Spirits

Alejandro Vigil aged this wine in 100-year-old barrels that he brought over from Alsace, believing they’d complement the spice of cabernet franc. In fact, this is enticingly aromatic, notes of violets, roses, and leather giving the juicy fruit lots of detail. It’s a pretty franc, gentle and earthy.

Winemaker Notes

El Gran Enemigo SV Gualtallary shows a deep purple color with red highlights. Its aromas are intense and elegant. Cabernet Franc brings sweet spices, black pepper and 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. The taste is complex, sweet impact with structured tannins, and a very long and persistent finish. This wine was made in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties.

This wine is excellent with grilled meats and various cheeses.