2014 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc, Mendoza (750ml)

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# ARENCF14DE
Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Review Score: 91WA, 91JS, 90V, 90WE
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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The 2014 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc is pure Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary fermented with 50% whole clusters. It felt riper than the 2013, and there are less herbal aromas and more notes from the plum-like spectrum. What I like here is the tastiness in the palate and the fine tannins, the chalky sensation that provides an almost salty finish. The palate is a lot fresher than the nose points at and the acidity is quite high. It slowly develops a note of curry, getting spicier and spicier in the glass. 35,000 bottles produced.

91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 228 - Dec 2016)

A vivid and fruity cabernet franc with a linear edge and focus. Medium to full body, firm and silk tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling (Jun 2017)

Full, dark red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol and spicy oak. Densely packed and very fine-grained; less sweet and delineated than the Malbec, but more chocolatey, plush and generous. Nicely fat wine--quite full for its moderate octane level--with substantial early appeal and no tough tannins to stand in the way of enjoying it now. I preferred the 2014 El Enemigo Malbec but the 2013 vintage in the case of this Cabernet Franc.

90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jul 2017)

Earthy, woodsy, spicy aromas of cherry and cassis set up a tannic palate with more than enough grip. Baked oaky berry flavors come with mint and spice notes, while this feels scratchy on a fiery finish. Drink through 2020.

90 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2017)