2016 El Enemigo Chardonnay Mendoza


El Enemigo means enemy! However, in this case, the battles are internal. The struggle that comes with the challenge of producing a wine of this caliber shines through. Genuine passion in a glass!

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Score: 89 Wine Spectator
A creamy white, with supple flavors of almond tart, ripe pear and dried apple that feature some hints of sage honey. Spicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made.

90 pts Stephen Tanzer

“Rich and creamy, with luscious baked pear and ripe apple flavors that are well-spiced, showing loads of buttery accents. Toasted coconut notes emerge on the finish”.

El Enemigo translates as the enemy.

Nodding to the fact that at the end of any journey, most remember only one battle — the one fought within (the original enemy). This is the battle that defines us. The wines of El Enemigo are a tribute to those internal battles that make us who we are, brought to fruition by a winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, and a historian, Adrianna Catena who share a love of wine and reach back in time to capture the era when European immigrants first settled in Argentina. These settlers sought to make wines as fine, and finer, than those of their old homeland. By 1936, Malbec and Petit Verdot were the most widely planted fine varietals in Argentina, their blend considered the ultimate in refinement and aging potential.

W I N E  D E S C R I P T I O N

Alejandro Vigil is a master of Chardonnay, as well as a man who likes to push boundaries, which is why this impressive white was made with a little flor, just like a Fino Sherry. Toasty, spicy and salty, this is briney and refreshing with some honeyed notes”. Tim Atkin – 93 pts

A B O U T  T H E  V I N E Y A R D Vineyards: Gualtallary, Tupungato (Valle de Uco)

W I N E  P R O D U C T I O N Vinification: In french oak barrels of 500 lt. 35% new. Wild yeast, Max. temp. 18º C for 40 days Aging: 9 months in french oak with veil. 500 lt barrels.

T A S T I N G  N O T E S

This is dense and flavorful with lots of sliced apple, almond and flower character. Hints of kiwi too. Full body, dry and exceptionally long finish. Oily but dry. Wild”.

James Suckling – 95 pts “Made without SO2 and aged under a layer of flor: deep gold-tinged yellow. Aromas and flavors of apricot, fresh peach, orange zest and nutmeg are complicated by graphite minerality and a hint of nutty oak. A sweet, silky, pliant fruit bomb with terrific length and spicy lift. This distinctly glyceral Chardonnay is leavened by a faint umami savory quality”.



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