— El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2011 —

Adrianna Catena grew up drinking Old-World Bordeaux with her father.  She will never forget the first time dad got a shipment of wine from France, and opened a bottle of Cheval Blanc for her.  Alejandro Vigil served Angelica Zapata Cabernet Franc at his wedding.  It's as if both Alejandro and Adrianna were born with a taste for the peppery aromas, grainy tannins and freshness of this variety.

Fact Sheet

Varietal:
92% Cabernet Franc + 8% Malbec

Vineyards:
Cabernet Franc, Gualtallary, Tupungato, 1400 msn
Malbec, Gualtallary, 1470 msn

Type of Soil:
Cabernet Franc: Deep Calcareous. Rocky soil
Malbec: Calcareous, Deep Calcareous. Rocky soil

Vinification:
Wild yeast, Max. Temp. 28º C for 22 days, with 28 days of maceration. 5 different harvest times (with a total of a 5 week difference period between the first and the last one)

Aging:
16 months in French Oak, 20% New.

Alcohol:
13.9 % vol

Acidity / pH:
6.50 / 3.50

Tasting Notes

The grapes are sourced from Gualtallary, limestone soils, round rocks and extreme high altitude - ideal for making a wine of elegance and ageability.

The winemaking is traditional Mendoza style. Alejandro brought old 100 year old Alsatian foudres (barrels) from Italy and had them re-toasted and reassembled in Mendoza. The gentleness of this wood, brings out the true character of cool climate cabernet franc.

Namesake

El Enemigo (The Enemy): At the end of the journey, we remember only one battle. The one we fought against ourselves, the original enemy. The one that defined us.

Winemaker

Alejandro Vigil, Bodega Aleanna