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2018 Bodegas Aleanna "El Enemigo" Chardonnay Mendoza

SKU #1502909 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is another rock-star Chardonnay from here with dried-apple, pear-skin, crushed-stone and peach-pit character. Full body. Creamy texture. Phenolic form and a long, flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The textbook 2018 El Enemigo Chardonnay had varietal aromas and notes from the barrel, giving it a very attractive profile. But there is a secret: the barrels develop some flor yeasts in the style of Jerez (or Jura) and this gives the wine a spicy twist, hints of curry and white pepper. The wine is silky and the very high acidity is not noticeable. This is a great commercial success, and at the price, it offers great value. (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A Chardonnay from Gualtallary that underwent a carefully calibrated ageing process developed by the winemaker Alejandro Vigil: 500 liters French oak barrels, 35% new, mixed with increasing quantities of flor. Golden yellow in color, the 2018 Chardonnay El Enemigo combines aromas of pear and apple with hazelnuts, toffee and a touch of acacia. Creamy with intense flavors, the film lends a dryness in stark contrast to the ingenious structure that enhances the firm acidity and lengthy, hazelnut finish. A technical, original white inspired by the more forward thinking parts of Burgundy and California with more than a nod to Jura as well. (JH) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2021 | Send Email
Deep, broad, and inviting with intriguing nuances. From the get-go, this wine delivers classic Chardonnay. The nose starts with apples and pears, then it transitions into hints of decadent hazelnuts and toffee, and hiding behind all of that are subtle, lifted aromatics of basil, mint, licorice, and pepper. The nose is almost like a tear drop; it starts big and round and then pulls you into a smaller finer point and then..... Bang! The wine explodes on the palate. It is broad and rich with all of the fruit and a roundness that you can almost call lush, but the acid then pulls it back. With all of the big flavors the wine is very clean. This wine is delicious, and it speaks to how good the high-elevation sites in Mendoza are for Chardonnay.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2020 | Send Email
Remember Monte Ellis' warrior days? He never made an All-Star Game, he never contended for an other major awards, he just showed up to work, dropped 30 and rode home on his moped - This is Monte Ellis wine, you might not have heard of it if you're not a fan of the region but it's better than your current line up and it plays like it's from a major market. Pear and apple coupled with the soft but persistent wood notes and spiced, peppery, white stone core floated on a creamy, finely textured palate that finishes for days. This get's top scores every year and it's obvious why. Better than your current house wine, only trade if you get a former first rounder out of the deal that'll push you over the hump.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2020 | Send Email
Sometimes wines get points for a reason, and sometimes you understand it from the moment you pop the bottle. This is absolutely one of those wines and once again it proves why the best deals these days are coming from our friends down South! This is a monster of a Chardonnay, bright and lively and still layered and approachable. The nose is pear, apple hard candy, slight toast, a hint of green tea and some fresh basil. The palate is toasty and robust with acidity that cuts through the center to balance it out. Asian pear, dry popcorn, green tea and saline marry together in such a wonderfully cohesive way to make one of the best sub $30 bottles on our shelves!

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