El Gran Enemigo, or the great enemy, comes from the saying “At the end of the road, you only remember one battle, the one you fought against yourself, the true enemy, the one that made you unique”. This great wine is one you will remember. Designed by Adrianna Catena and Alejandro Vigil, it combines Cabarnet Franc with some Malbec from grapes grown in it’s Agrelo Single vineyard in Mendoza Argentina. Wine Advocate called it electric and a very good value. As it is a 2010 vintage, it is ready to drink now.
Aromas of dark berries, vanilla, spices, herbs, violets and chocolate.
On the palate, 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.
Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. Amazing with roast chicken, turkey, duck, and other game birds along with seared steak and veal.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 95
The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than the 2009 vintage, but I still prefer the wines from Gualtallary. It is interesting to note that in years with higher acidity he (Alejandro Vigil) uses less SO2. This is truly vertical. Only 3,500 bottles were produced. Very good value.
According to experts, wines from Mendoza in Argentina present fruity notes, especially ripe plum. In addition, spices such as black pepper are revealed and they hold a mild mineral expression. In the mouth, they are opulent wines, with soft and sweet tannins.
Red wines from this region display intense strong violet colors. Given the grape’s maturation, they reveal intensity in the mouth as well as pronounced tannins.
This microregion is located at the foothill of the Andes and it is one of the most distinguished of Luján de Cuyo. In this microclimate, bunches mature slowly until they reach full ripeness. Soils are alluvial with stretches that go from sandy-loam to clay soils.
There is broad thermal amplitude between day and night in regions close to mountain ranges. This phenomenon allows grapes to achieve great tannic concentration which provides structure to wines.