94 pts Tim Atkin MW May 2018
Blended with 6% Malbec – Alejandro Vigil rarely makes pure varietal wines – this old foudre-aged Cabernet Franc is grassy, sappy and refreshing, with notes of green tea, cassis and aromatic spices. The 60% whole bunches add another layer of complexity.
93 pts Wine Advocate Issue #237 June 2018
The 2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc was produced with fruit from Gualtallary, from a specific 8.8-hectare plot of the Adrianna Vineyard. It fermented in two tries with a portion of full clusters. It has a beautiful nose with plenty of spices and herbs and some Pinot-like red fruit. The palate is harmonious and balanced, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture. 21,600 bottles produced.
93 pts James Suckling April 2018
Aromas of dark fruit with fresh herbs and tile. Perfumed. Medium-to-full body, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now.
90+ pts Vinous July 2018
13.5% alcohol; these vines were planted in 1995 at a very dense 1 meter by 0.7, according to Alejandro Vigil; all of the El Enemigo reds are now aged in old 2,000-liter foudres, as Vigil’s objective is to highlight terroir differences between them): Bright medium red. Aromas and flavors of red berries, licorice, menthol and flowers are initially a bit muted by an oak element. Classically dry and intense on the palate, showing good calcaire lift to its red fruit and floral flavors. This wine will still expand with more time in bottle but will it gain in sweetness? Today I marginally prefer it to the Malbec for its light touch and lingering perfume and lift. Tannins are dusty and fine-grained.
90 pts Wine Spectator Web Only – 2018
A pure and refreshing red, with raspberry and macerated cherry flavors that are fringed by hints of dried herbs and fresh-ground pepper. The taut finish is framed by slate notes.
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