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El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2014

El Enemigo Gran Enemigo 2014 750ml
97James Suckling
96Wine Advocate
92Vinous Media
91Wine Spectator
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VarietalRed Blend
Vintage2014
Size750ml
CountryArgentina
RegionCuyo
AppellationMendoza
Sub AppellationUco Valley
WineryEl Enemigo
SKU823444
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.
Rated 92 by Vinous Media
Bright, deep ruby. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and bitter-chocolate oak show a medicinal reserve and suggest a tight wine. Then surprisingly plush and pliant if medicinal in the mouth, offering little in the way of easy sweetness to its very dark flavors of blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice. Finishes firmly tannic and quite long. This very young and promising blend will need time in bottle to harmonize.
Rated 91 by Wine Spectator
Dense and powerful, with notes of iron and underbrush to the dark currant, black olive and raspberry flavors, backed by juicy acidity. Cocoa powder details fill in the suave finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made.

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Winery El Enemigo

Region: Cuyo

Situated in and around the Andean mountains, the Cuyo region of Argentina has long been associated with the best of the country's wine industry. Including now world famous provinces such as Mendoza and La Rioja, Argentina's Cuyo region has something of an ideal environment for the cultivation of high quality grapes – including Argentina's flagship varietal, the Malbec – which includes the beautiful Desaguadero River and its tributaries. Although the region itself is quite dry and arid, the soils have a remarkably high mineral content, and plenty of iron which gives it the distinctive red color associated with Cuyo. For several decades now, wineries in Cuyo have been booming, as more and more of the global wine audience begin to recognize the region's remarkable potential for rich and flavorful wines.

Country: Argentina

Anyone who has been the Mendoza area of Argentina may be surprised to find that this is one of the primary wine regions of the country, now comfortably sitting as the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. The Mendoza is an incredibly dry and arid desert, which receives as little as two hundred millimeters of rainfall per year, and supports very little life at all. We can thank the ancient technologies of the Huarpes Indians for Argentina's current booming wine trade, as they managed to irrigate the region by digging channels from the Mendoza river, thus creating an area which had enough access to water with which to grow vines. Not only this, but the grape which Argentina primarily uses for their wines – Malbec – actually flourishes in such conditions, as it is less likely to suffer from the rot it so often finds in the considerably damper regions of Europe it has its origins in. Such expertise and foresight has resulted in Argentina being able to produce high quality wines of both red and white types, with Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the vineyards for red wines, and Torrontés, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc making up for most of the white wine produced there.