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Wine Advocate Score: 99
Cabernet Franc is enjoying a renaissance in quality with passionate winemakers moving it out of the "supporting role" and into the limelight. There is much to celebrate, as a great Cabernet Franc can offer plenty of power, but with a greater finesse in the aromas and elegance in texture compared to most Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion used to stand alone as the flag-bearer of what great Cabernet Franc could be, but ,Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena are obsessively proving that Argentina's Cabernet Francs will take on the world. Adrianna is the daughter of Nicolas Catena Zapata, founder of the famous eponymous Argentine winery for which Alejandro has thrived as winemaking director. Cabernet Franc is a personal passion for them, and with their own El Enemigo label, also known as Bodega Aleanna, they have been making world class wines from the variety. In fact, they make six wines based on it. Clearly, Alejandro and Adrianna are accomplishing what they set out to do.

Our featured wine, the latest release of their single-vineyard Gualtallary Gran Enemigo, is emerging as their benchmark wine in their Cabernet Franc-based lineup. As the review from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate below shows, it's another victory for the El Enemigo team and for classic wine lovers. We recommend a decanter, some good friends, and time to see this one unfold in the glass! With proper cellaring, this will also evolve gracefully over the next ten years.


WINE ADVOCATE 99 POINTS - "The nose of the 2016 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard transported me back to the classical wines from the Bordeaux of yesteryear, with austerity and with no room for sweetness or creamy texture. This is about chalk and umami, salty and tasty, with the clout and wilderness of Gualtallary; its electric freshness and fine tannins; the expression of Cabernet Franc in the poor, stony and limestone-rich soils from the high-altitude vineyards; and the intensity this altitude provides, as there is a strong impact from the light in the grapes. But the one thing that I liked the most about this 2016 was its balance and the way it feels light but has tremendous concentration and power, light on its feet with masses of inner strength. It's nuanced and complex, even if it's terribly young. With time in the glass, it developed notes of orange peel that spoke of freshness, and the palate is sharp and direct, with symmetry and precision. This is approachable now but should live forever in bottle. 2,500 bottles produced."
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