Bodegas Aleanna is a joint venture between Adrianna Catena and Alejandro Vigil. A romantic winery at heart, the concept was born September 2009 as Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena walked back from the Argentine Embassy in London, where Nicolas Catena had just received the Decanter Man of the Year Award. Adrianna, a historian, and Alejandro, a soils engineer, spoke of their shared love of philosophy, wine and history – so they decided to create wines together in reflection of this. Not that their respect for tradition means they stick within its limits, following the status quo has never been El Enemigo's bag.
The fruit of their labour is quite brilliant. Alejandro holds the highest rating ever given to a pure Cabernet Franc wine by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, awarded to El Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, Mendoza. The 100 year old Alsatian foudres (barrels) they use originally came from Italy, but were then re-toasted and reassembled in Mendoza
Perhaps the best Cabernet Franc made in Argentina, the Gran Enemigo Agrelo doesn't come about from an overwhelming desire to show off the varietal, but to showcase the landscape, a magical location. At an altitude of 980 metres and on originally alluvial soils, a very special microclimate leaves a conclusive mark on the soul of this mature and spicy red, in which the Malbec adds a finishing touch to the Cabernet Franc's merits.
Fresh raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, pine needles, thyme, sandalwood and cloves on the nose. Medium-bodied with a very fine, precise tannin frame. Focused, compact and still so youthful. More mineral and dried-spice notes on the finish. Still tightly wound. Try after 2023. 97 Points - James Suckling