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2017 Bodegas Aleanna "El Enemigo" Chardonnay Mendoza

SKU #1440648 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A tight and beautiful white with a dense palate of beautiful, ripe lemons and apples. Layered and refined with phenolic tension. Complex yeast and hints of oak and flor. Full body. Great length. 80% flor-growth in barrel. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

K&L Notes

A collaboration between longtime Catena winemaker Alejandro Vigil and the youngest Catena daughter, Adrianna, Bodegas Aleanna has been receiving a massive amount of critical acclaim over the past several years for their extraordinary wines. The "El Enemigo" Chardonnay is a powerful wine, with fruit, structure, and acidity all in balance. Interestingly enough, a little bit of flor resides in the barrels where this wine ages. "Jura was the influence and inspiration for this stunning Chardonnay, aged under flor. Leesy, racy, saline and yeasty, with a core of acidity, subtle oak and a long, tapering finish. A boundary-pushing white for Argentina." (Best Chardonnays of the Year, and 95 points, Tim Atkin, MW)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
This is may be the best dollar-for-dollar Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Argentina. The character is pure New World, with ripe and creamy apple flavors, but it has great nuance and structure. There is a butterscotch note that makes me think of some pretty top-tier domestic producers. If you're a fan of such great domestic producers like Ramey and Dumol, this offers that level of quality but at half (or less than half!) the price.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
Flawlessly marrying New World style with Old World pedigree, consider this wine your new best friend, despite what the name would imply. It consistently over-delivers for the price - intense fruit, brawny structure and ample oak would pit this favorably against California chardonnay for twice the price. But with a touch of yeast on the nose and vibrant acid on the palate, it might just give some French producers a run for their money. Whatever your fancy, you'll want to pick up a few bottles of this to wow your friends and family this holiday season and in the year to come.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
Wow. This is so rich and powerful it’s startling. Big, rich and weighted. Elements of candied lemon peel. .Dried pineapple, pie crust, and exceptional purity. The weight here is totally off the charts. OMG that’s a wild wine. Incredibly distinctive. I find myself thinking, there’s just nothing else like this. A head turner for sure.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
This is an awesome, awe-inspiring Chardonnay. It is incredible to me that this wine is as reasonably priced as it is. There are great white wines from all over the world, all the places that you would expect; Burgundy, California, Oregon, Australia, Austria, etc, think where ever there are intense, characterful, full-bodied wines with distinctive and specific personalities, where those great wines cost easily 3-4(or even) more times what this wine costs, that doesn’t deliver the way that this wine delivers. We are currently selling another Chardonnay made by the same winemaker from the same region that sells for over $100, that is one of my favorite Chardonnays that I have had all year, but that is something special, a splurge, this is for, some people, everyday price. I don’t know if it is the just the winemaker, it cannot be, but I would not have assumed, even last year, that this small corner of the Uco Valley could be one of the great places in the world for Chardonnay, but it might be. Most importantly this wine is just fun to drink. It is breadth and freshness of Grand Cru Burgundy, the rich, round accessibility of great California Chardonnay and whispers of savory mineral intrigue that are uniquely it's own. This wine suggests all these different wines some with personalities that seem to be opposite of each other, but it takes all of those and brings them together effortlessly. An open bottle will soon be an empty bottle.

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