El Enemigo

Mendoza Chardonnay

9.190 ratings
9.29 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! 🎄🎁⛄️❄️🎅🤶

The nose reveals; heather honey quality, beeswax, slightly sour lemons-the good accents of Lemon Pledge, lime candy, overripe pineapple, understated, mixed stone fruits, some golden & green apple, orange rind, inside side of the the banana peel, cream, hints of butter, vanillin, caramel, soft, medium, white spice, chalky powder, river stones, delicate, herbaceous notes, volcanic minerals, spring flowers, touch of jasmine & yellow lilies.

The palate is; quite full, round, thick, lush & waxy. Guides effortlessly & smoothly over the palate...no harsh elements. Heather honey quality, beeswax, slightly sour lemons-the good accents of Lemon Pledge but, less of it on the palate than nose, lime candy, overripe pineapple, understated, mixed stone fruits, some golden & green apple, orange rind, inside side of the the banana peel, cream, hints of butter, vanillin, caramel, chalky powder, river stones, light herbaceous notes, saline, volcanic & granitic minerals, spring flowers, touch of jasmine & yellow lilies. The acidity is round & phat. The structure & tension have softened and will get better with a little more time in bottle. The length & balance are knitted well. The delicious finish is well balanced & polished with the soft, white spice lingering on the long set.

A nice Mendoza Chardonnay and a great Costco QPR at $16.99.

Photos of our visit to their restaurant & tasting room in the spring of 2018. Definitely place to taste & have lunch or dinner.

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! 🎄🎁⛄️❄️🎅🤶

The nose reveals; heather honey quality, beeswax, slightly sour lemons-the good accents of Lemon Pledge, lime candy, overripe pineapple, understated, mixed stone fruits, some golden & green apple, orange rind, inside side of the the banana peel, cream, hints of butter, vanillin, caramel, soft, medium, white spice, chalky powder, river stones, delicate, herbaceous notes, volcanic minerals, spring flowers, touch of jasmine & yellow lilies.

The palate is; quite full, round, thick, lush & waxy. Guides effortlessly & smoothly over the palate...no harsh elements. Heather honey quality, beeswax, slightly sour lemons-the good accents of Lemon Pledge but, less of it on the palate than nose, lime candy, overripe pineapple, understated, mixed stone fruits, some golden & green apple, orange rind, inside side of the the banana peel, cream, hints of butter, vanillin, caramel, chalky powder, river stones, light herbaceous notes, saline, volcanic & granitic minerals, spring flowers, touch of jasmine & yellow lilies. The acidity is round & phat. The structure & tension have softened and will get better with a little more time in bottle. The length & balance are knitted well. The delicious finish is well balanced & polished with the soft, white spice lingering on the long set.

A nice Mendoza Chardonnay and a great Costco QPR at $16.99.

Photos of our visit to their restaurant & tasting room in the spring of 2018. Definitely place to taste & have lunch or dinner.

Dec 24th, 2019
Victor Charcan

Boned fruit, well handled oak, weight a d acidity

Boned fruit, well handled oak, weight a d acidity

Oct 5th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

This reminds me of what Rombauer aspires to be. Buttery, oaky, and unabashed in style, yet pulls it in just before it gets all out of whack. Marshmallow cream puff is the one note that stands out on the nose. Additional notes of cotton candy, mint and rich lemon cream come through aromatically and on the palate (with some honeyed tropical fruits). Maybe hold and check in with 2-3yrs more of age?

This reminds me of what Rombauer aspires to be. Buttery, oaky, and unabashed in style, yet pulls it in just before it gets all out of whack. Marshmallow cream puff is the one note that stands out on the nose. Additional notes of cotton candy, mint and rich lemon cream come through aromatically and on the palate (with some honeyed tropical fruits). Maybe hold and check in with 2-3yrs more of age?

Sep 7th, 2019
Mike R
9.4

Don’t believe the rating - try it - it is amazing - totally shocked that Argentina produced chard wine tasted like this

@David L bringing one in June

Don’t believe the rating - try it - it is amazing - totally shocked that Argentina produced chard wine tasted like this

@David L bringing one in June

May 26th, 2019
Pierre Costa

Dried Tropical fruits, citrus, nuts with caramel touch. Full bodied and firm acidity.

Dried Tropical fruits, citrus, nuts with caramel touch. Full bodied and firm acidity.

Oct 1st, 2018
Rob Mondavi

Owner/President of Winemaking Folio Fine Wine Partners

8.4

Adequate. Good for price yet expected profiles. Could be a CA.

Adequate. Good for price yet expected profiles. Could be a CA.

Oct 1st, 2017
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.3

Best Argentinian chard we’ve had. Complex and refined. Nose is unbelievable. Reminds us of Mount Eden. I don’t know about a 98 rating from James Suckling though.

Best Argentinian chard we’ve had. Complex and refined. Nose is unbelievable. Reminds us of Mount Eden. I don’t know about a 98 rating from James Suckling though.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2018
ES Faiello

Didn’t quite know what to make of this: as a side note, boasts one of the heaviest bottles of all time... as for the wine, it was a monster - huge rich full throttle oak, malo, leesy, waxy, musky, funky, oily, and with just so much texture... alongside flabbier acidity, yellow citrus & stone fruit dominate, with beeswax & honey. There was just so much going on, not sure if it worked but it makes a very bold statement.

Didn’t quite know what to make of this: as a side note, boasts one of the heaviest bottles of all time... as for the wine, it was a monster - huge rich full throttle oak, malo, leesy, waxy, musky, funky, oily, and with just so much texture... alongside flabbier acidity, yellow citrus & stone fruit dominate, with beeswax & honey. There was just so much going on, not sure if it worked but it makes a very bold statement.

Jan 20th, 2020
Jason Gelman

thought this one was just ok - had heard this was an “old world” burgundy style chard and i didnt get that. found it to be round, flabby, oaky.

thought this one was just ok - had heard this was an “old world” burgundy style chard and i didnt get that. found it to be round, flabby, oaky.

Jan 1st, 2020
Jeroen Koenen

Nice, easy and well-balanced.

Nice, easy and well-balanced.

Dec 26th, 2019