El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2014 750ml
SKU 823444

El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2014

Uco Valley - Mendoza - Cuyo - Argentina

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Rated 97 by James Suckling
TOP 100 ANDEAN WINES OF 2018 #30 - This is a rich and glorious wine with so much blackberry and salty character. Light hints of cloves and green coffee beans. Full-bodied, layered and tight. Focused and racy. Cabernet franc with cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec, Drink or hold.
Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
I don't really know why, but the 2014 Gran Enemigo showed much better than the 2013. The year was certainly not better; it was quite challenging and slightly warmer, but the wine feels fresher. There is a high percentage of Malbec in this vintage, almost half of the blend, and they also included more parts of the vineyard in addition to the five-hectare plot where there is some variability in the soils, which perhaps increases complexity of the blend. There are three harvests—one of only Malbec, then the rest of the varietals with some more Malbec and then a third one of only Malbec. Thus, there are also three fermentations, and there are five wines since the second and third harvests are fermented in two parts, one with 100% full clusters and the other with 30% full clusters. These five different wines are later blended together. Fermentation is in used 225-liter barriques, and the élevage is in old 2,000-liter foudres. This has to be the best harvest of the Gran Enemigo blend.
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Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.

Country: Argentina

As the world's fifth largest producer of wine, after France, Italy, Spain and the United States, Argentina has plenty to offer the international wine market in regards to both quantity and quality. Despite this being the case for several decades now, it has only been since the end of the twentieth century that the Argentinian wine industry has really begun to up their game when it comes to the methods and techniques required to produce world class wines, which are both representative of their country and region of origin, and which stand alone as complex, interesting and delicious wines to drink. As Argentina became a serious contender in the international wine market, wineries previously concerned primarily with high volumes began to change their priorities, and formerly struggling small bodegas and independent wineries began to find success. Nowadays, well crafted wines from smaller vineyards in Argentina are being lauded as some of the finest in the world, and the country is starting to reap the benefits of its heritage, which include some very old vines, and up to four centuries of experience in wine production.