2012 Bodegas Aleanna Cabernet Franc "El Enemigo" Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Argentina

SKU #1287893 98 points James Suckling

 Incredible depth of aromas of black mushrooms, wet earth, and dark fruits. Full body, super silky tannins and a refined finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. A thought-provoking wine that makes you think. Glorious. Drink now or hold for ages.  (5/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The nose of the 2012 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard almost made me fall from my chair. It is the expression of elegance and austerity coupled with strong minerality. It is mostly Cabernet Franc from a very chalky vineyard in Gualtallary at 1,430 meters altitude that fermented together with a small percentage of Malbec. In 2012 they fine tuned the élevage and fermentation, which was in rolling 500-liter barrels that were new in 2006 (so by then quite neutral), where the wine was kept for one more year and then transferred to 1,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats for one further year. This reminded me of my favorite Bordeaux, Lafleur, because of the elegance, the refinement of the tannins and length. It has citric, effervescent acidity that makes you salivate. Winemaker and Owner Alejandro Vigil has done a very strict selection of the soils in the field, and only kept the very center of the vineyard where the high density (12,000 plants per hectare) generates a lot of competition, because the plants from the borders have more space in the sides, which means in 2012 he could only fill 1,800 bottles. Awesome, and ultra fresh for a vintage like 2012. Bravo! 98+ Points (LG)  (12/2016)

94 points Vinous

 (from vines planted on limestone soil at a density of 12,000 to the hectare; the limestone here absorbs water and thus protects the vines against hydric stress while the vegetative growth provided by the high vine density creates shade that protects the clusters; the wine's 10% Malbec is co-fermented): Bright ruby-red. Pungent yet reticent aromas of blueberry, flowers, mint and smoky minerality. Wonderfully tactile, creamy and deep but with its chewy, sweet mid-palate energized by strong acidity and piquant notes of flowers, pepper and salty crushed-stone minerality. Finishes very smooth and extremely long, with suave, firm, thoroughly ripe tannins coated in fruit and saline extract (the actual level of dry extract here is a very high 36 grams per liter, according to Vigil). This extremely youthful, primary wine is still in diapers and will require patience. An extraordinary Argentine Cabernet Franc. 94+ Points (ST)  (3/2016)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** Deep boysenberry and plum aromas are fresh and intense. Intensity carries onto the palate, which is muscular but finely balanced. Racy raspberry, plum and brown sugar flavors are minerally at their core and snappy, bright and long on the finish. Drink after 2019. (MS)  (10/2015)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.