El Enemigo Bonarda "La Esperanza" Single Vineyard Mendoza, Argentina

El Enemigo Bonarda "La Esperanza" Single Vineyard Mendoza, Argentina

El Enemigo Bonarda "La Esperanza" Single Vineyard Mendoza, Argentina

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El Enemigo is a labor of love by Adrianna Catena of Catena Zapata fame and Alejandro Vigil. Adrianna grew up around wine but went into academia, eventually earning a Ph.D. in History. Alejandro was fascinated by winemaking from a young age but put those ambitions aside to become an agricultural engineer. While both enjoyed illustrious careers in their respective fields, they found that their true calling was in wine craftsmanship. They each returned to Bodega Catena Zapata, where Alejandro became the chief winemaker. El Enemigo was the logical next step for them, giving them the freedom to craft artisanal wines that express their style, their terroir, and the varietals they love. 

Today's wine is a monovarietal sourced entirely from the La Esperanza Vineyard, which has an elevation of over 2000 feet above sea level and is composed of sandy, well-drained soils. Aged in large wooden casks, or foudres, for 12 months before bottling, it is a beautiful, layered, and complex wine.

Check out the press!

94 points, James Suckling:
"Blackberry, red plum, and graphite on the nose, as well as herbal and smoky notes. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with firm tannins. Fleshy texture on the palate with structure and an ink-like feel. Savory finish. Hints of chocolate at the end. " (5/5/21)

93 points, Robert Parker:
"The unusually pale and aromatic 2018 Bonarda Single Vineyard La Esperanza was produced with grapes from San Martín in the east of Mendoza on deep, sandy, and clay soils that seem to deliver great finesse. It's only 13.5% alcohol and with very good freshness, to the point that it made it feel a bit like Pinot Noir. It's floral and expressive, elegant and soft, with some developed flavors and aromas. It's juicy, long, and nicely textured with very round tannins. Quite surprising, awesome even! 6,200 bottles were filled in June 2019 after 12 months in an ancient oak foudre." (3/31/21)

91 points, Vinous:
"The 2018 Bonarda El Enemigo Bonarda Single Vineyard La Esperanza comes from an old pergola vineyard in San Martín that was planted in sandy soils. The no-nonsense, ripe nose presents blackberry and raspberry with hints of herb. It's broad on the palate with finely grained, ripe tannins that eventually take over, encouraged by the juicy acidity before oaky notes appear at the end." (11/21)

Producer Name: El Enemigo
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Appellation: Mendoza
Village/Vineyard/Climat: La Esperanza Vineyard

Grape Varietals: Bonarda
Vintage: 2018
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil

ABV: 13.5%
Pack/Size: 12/750ml
Container Type: Burgundy-style bottle
Closure Style: Cork


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