2018 Bodega Aleanna 'El Enemigo' Cabernet Franc Mendoza Argentina
This Cabernet Franc is ruby red in color with soft violet tones. The nose has intense aromas and concentrated notes of cassis, ripe currants, and sweet spices including black pepper and cloves. His tenure provides integrated oak notes of cedar and vanilla. Fresh impact and excellent structure on the palate, reminiscent of ripe red fruits with hints of eucalyptus and tagged black pepper. This wine has an excellent balance and elegance with a well-structured, persistent finish.
Blend: 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec
Rated 93 Points Vinous
The 2018 Cabernet Franc El Enemigo is mixed 10% Malbec, both harvested at five separate times in Gualtallary, Uco Valley and from vineyards planted in sandy soils rich in calcium deposits. The wine was aged for 15 months in old foudres. Dark garnet in color, the complex nose offers notes of ripe redcurrant, dark fruit, hints of ash and a touch of jalapeno and nutmeg followed by country herbs. Compact and taut on the palate with a juicy linearity, the wine gathers depth and flavor as it foes before the long, bold finish. A lovely way of taming the wilder qualities of high-altitude reds.
Rated 93 Points James Suckling
Aromas of crushed berries with chili and mineral undertones. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Structured and savory. Tannic finish with length. Hints of herbs to the blackberry fruit character. Try after 2022, to let the tannins soften a bit. But already attractive.