El Enemigo

Mendoza Cabernet Franc

9.0216 ratings
9.021 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Wine101Hamden

Coffee beans waiting to be tossed into a grinder. Light and elegant. Easy drinking on its own.

Coffee beans waiting to be tossed into a grinder. Light and elegant. Easy drinking on its own.

Jan 4th, 2019
Scott Lester

Incredible dark fruit, great structure. Very well balanced. Rare cab franc from Mendoza. Super grateful to try.

Incredible dark fruit, great structure. Very well balanced. Rare cab franc from Mendoza. Super grateful to try.

Oct 31st, 2017
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Wine writer http://www.israelwines.co.il

8.8

Well made CF from Argentina, nose a bit spicy with black current, black pepper, plum, mint, well rounded medium to full body, good tannins and acidity.delicious mid finish. My score 88, drink to 2020

Well made CF from Argentina, nose a bit spicy with black current, black pepper, plum, mint, well rounded medium to full body, good tannins and acidity.delicious mid finish. My score 88, drink to 2020

Oct 29th, 2017
Aaron Means

Amazing Cab Franc for the 💵! Serious structure, blackberry compote, herbal notes, and a texture that is a little dirty due to round but youthful tannins.

Amazing Cab Franc for the 💵! Serious structure, blackberry compote, herbal notes, and a texture that is a little dirty due to round but youthful tannins.

Oct 4th, 2017
Eddie Dukes

Originally tasted at Lambertville Station. Liked it so much I had to buy a case. We love cab francs and this is an excellent example from Argentina. Once opened, lots of tarry notes with mocha and that classic cab franc pepper on the back.

Originally tasted at Lambertville Station. Liked it so much I had to buy a case. We love cab francs and this is an excellent example from Argentina. Once opened, lots of tarry notes with mocha and that classic cab franc pepper on the back.

1 person found it helpfulApr 10th, 2020
Hayden B. Oothout

Interesting Cab Franc from Mendoza, not a region that is typically known for single varietal Cabernet Franc. On the nose there is red fruit but not much else, on the palette there is red fruit, dark cherry specifically, nice tannic backbone, and a pleasant spice characteristic. This isn’t a bad wine, it just seems like it is missing something. Fed in to the hype, wasn’t rewarded.

Interesting Cab Franc from Mendoza, not a region that is typically known for single varietal Cabernet Franc. On the nose there is red fruit but not much else, on the palette there is red fruit, dark cherry specifically, nice tannic backbone, and a pleasant spice characteristic. This isn’t a bad wine, it just seems like it is missing something. Fed in to the hype, wasn’t rewarded.

1 person found it helpfulJul 31st, 2019
Drew Summers

Sales Northampton Wines

9.2

El Enemigo ('The Enemy') is Comprised of 92% Cabernet Franc / 8% Malbec -- Finished in 100 yr. old Alsatian Foudres that were purchased & reworked in Mendoza.....Ripe, Burly & without Excessive Vegetation

El Enemigo ('The Enemy') is Comprised of 92% Cabernet Franc / 8% Malbec -- Finished in 100 yr. old Alsatian Foudres that were purchased & reworked in Mendoza.....Ripe, Burly & without Excessive Vegetation

Feb 14th, 2016
Keith Murphy

2011 vintage. "The Enemy" is a friend of mine. Pours the most beautiful dark purple hue. Berry fruit becomes very apparent after opening up. Great structure and balance.

2011 vintage. "The Enemy" is a friend of mine. Pours the most beautiful dark purple hue. Berry fruit becomes very apparent after opening up. Great structure and balance.

Jun 20th, 2015
Marcela Baruch

Food/Wine Journalist, Sommelier

9.2

Rare Argentinean style cab franc, unique as any of Alejandro Vigils' El Enemigo wines

Rare Argentinean style cab franc, unique as any of Alejandro Vigils' El Enemigo wines

Jun 20th, 2015
Bryan Calandrelli

Regional Editor New York Cork Report

9.0

Boozy un-cab franc nose, elegant on palate with sleek tannins and efficient acidity.

Boozy un-cab franc nose, elegant on palate with sleek tannins and efficient acidity.

Mar 15th, 2015