El Enemigo Malbec 2021

El Enemigo Malbec 2021

 

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El Enemigo
Malbec 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,9°
  • Grappes : 89% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

On the nose the Malbec has floral scents of violets and lavender, along with the freshness of its natural acidity. The Petit Verdot lends the aromas of the ripe black berry fruits. The palate offers vanilla and toasted flavours; in the mouth it is sweet, silky and big. It is a wine of a good balance and strong tannins.

Experts Score Vintage
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2020
RP Robert Parker 92 2020
TA Tim Atkin 92 2020
JS James Suckling 92 2020
WS Wine Spectator 91 2019
WE Wine Enthusiast 90 2019
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The wines of El Enemigo are meant to give a flavour of Argentina’s wine history while at the same time pushing new boundaries. Although wine has been in Argentina for centuries, it is only comparatively recently that their wines have reached the same quality levels as the Old World.

The winemakers at El Enemigo wanted to make light of the fact Argentina has embraced both aspects of modern winemaking, fresh and fruity New World style wines as well as classic “Old World” style wines. At their vineyards, they use up to date modern techniques in order to select bunches of grapes at their optimum ripeness whilst the wines they produce are firmly within the classic style of Argentinean wines.

Adrianna Catena and Alejandro Vigil created El Enemigo when they decided to join together their collective experience to produce wines that would be among the top of their country. It’s hard to see how they could have had a better start. Adrianna is from arguably the most famous winemaking dynasty of Argentina, while Alejandro Vigil was head of the soil division of Argentina’s Wine Institute and winemaker at Bodega Catena Zapata. Between the two of them, they have an unsurpassed knowledge of the Mendoza area and were able to select sites that would yield grapes in exactly the style they wanted.

El Enemigo source their grapes from vineyards in the Uco Valley which is generally considered one of the finest areas of Mendoza for producing wines. Everything from the soil to the weather is virtually ideal for growing grapes, the amount of sun and general lack of rain means a long growing season. The ideal conditions in the Uco Valley mean the winemakers at El Enemigo are able to work with grapes that had fallen out of favour in their native land at levels of ripeness and quality that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

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Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2020)
The 2020 Malbec also includes 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, sourced from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It was aged for 15 months in foudres, resulting in a purple color. The nose presents plums, violets, sage and bitter orange. Dry and juicy on the palate, it moves with a nimble flow lifted by balanced acidity. The apparent absence of tannins contributes to its voluminous and weightless mouthfeel.

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2020)
The 2020 Malbec shows a little more generous, reflecting a warmer and dry year, with black fruit, spices and herbs, a medium to full-bodied palate and some chalky tannins. It has grip and should do well with food. It matured in 100-year-old foudres for 15 months.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 92 Points (2020)
Plush, ripe, supple and textured, El Enemigo’s Malbec also contains 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very lightly wooded in older oak, it has succulent blackberry fruit, some tannic grip and a spicy, savoury finish from 100% whole bunches. (6/2023)

James Suckling (JS) : 92 Points (2020)
Ripe black cherries, spice, lavender and stones to the nose. Dusty, firm tannins on the flavorful, medium- to full-bodied palate, showing excellent mid-palate tension. Drink or hold.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2019)
A concentrated and suave style, with pepper- and graphite-laced plum and black cherry flavors that gather some muscle toward the finish, adding details of toasted herbs and violet on the finish around fine tannins. (AR) (10/2022)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 90 Points (2019)
Grapy berry and cassis aromas on the nose of this wine include a wild note of animal hide along with oaky aromas of burnt toast and tarry asphalt. A lively palate boasts size as well as edgy tartaric cut, tasting of black plum, blackberry, graphite and burnt wood. Toasty oak, mint and licorice notes stand out on the finish. (MS) (12/2021)

El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2020
El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2020
El Enemigo
Gran Enemigo 2020
WS
91
RP
96
WE
95
In the spectrum of people who pay attention to detail, winemakers are often incredibly detail oriented. This can sometimes spill over to become an internal battled, and, as Alejandro Vigil and…
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El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary 2020
El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary 2020
El Enemigo
Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary 2020
RP
99
VN
97
TA
95
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