Here you get beautiful fruit purity and deftly handled wood extolling all the positive virtues of varietal along very clean and precise lines. Deeply colored, captivatingly floral, the palate has vibrancy and freshness with a smooth, almost silky texture, and refined tannins that makes it a seamless presentation. Aged for 15 months in old foudres, 10% Cabernet Franc was added to the mix to add some structural support as well as adding a faint herbal element to the whole.
94 pts Vinous Oct 2020
Made with grapes from Gualtallary and aged for 15 months in old foudres, this Malbec, mixed with 10% Cabernet Franc, is proof of the beauty of the combination: the Franc lends the Malbec greater discipline and depth. Bright purple in the glass. The nose offers fresh cherries and plums with aromas of thyme. Gentle in the mouth, delivering fine, subtle tannins that lend framework, all with a genial freshness that brings the flavors to life and pleasantly stretches out the slightly taut palate. A delicious wine.
92+ pts Wine Advocate Issue #245 Oct 2019
The 2017 El Enemigo Malbec has 10% Cabernet Franc and fermented with 50% full clusters and indigenous yeasts, then matured in oak foudres for 15 months. The oak is perfectly integrated into the fruit, and the wine comes through as floral and fruit-driven, elegant, with moderate ripeness, focused and clean flavors and very round tannins. It’s long and tasty. 27,000 bottles produced.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW
The El Enemigo Malbec contains 10% Cabernet Franc – Ale Vigil is a master at blending the two varieties – and all comes from bony soils in Gualtallary in the upper part of the Uco Valley. Fermented with 50% whole bunches, this is all about fruit and flavour rather than wood, with real zip, freshness and vibrancy, chalky minerality and fine-grained tannins.
92 pts James Suckling April 2020
Love the blackberry, flower and orange-peel character. Medium body, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. This is real malbec. Total whole-berry fermentation gives this freshness and brightness. Tension to the very friendly fruit at the end. Drink now.