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January 13, 2017

Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo Gualtallary 2012

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In his most recent Wine Advocate report Luis Gutierrez waxes lyrical regarding the sheer quality coming from the top producers of Argentina. We are delighted to release today the highest scoring wine from his report, the stellar and unmissable Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo Gualtallary 2012. We released it for the first time last year, after trying a bottle of the 2011, which blew us away. Of the 2012 Gutierrez pronounces “The nose of the 2012 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard almost made me fall from my chair.” This resonates with us, it is impressive. Gutierrez has awarded the 2012 98+ points, the highest score ever from here. James Suckling also loves this vintage scoring it 98 points and stating ‘A thought-provoking wine that makes you think. Glorious’. He goes on by adding an uncharacteristic drinking window ‘Drink now or hold for ages’ reiterating that the wine is incredibly age worthy.

Last year Luis Gutierrez named Gran Enemigo Gualtallary 2011 as his Argentinean wine of the year, in 2012 he believes even the 2011 has been surpassed. Sadly, due to the extreme selection made in 2012 only 150 twelve bottles cases have been made, we have 40 cases of six to offer today. When compared to the other highest scoring wines from Argentina, today’s release price of £280 per case of six, rather looks like a mistake!

Vintage Score Price
Aleanna Gran Enemigo Gualtallary 2012 98+ £280
Catena Zapata Malbec Adrianna Vineyard 2011 98 £480
Vina Cobos U Nico Marchiori Vineyard 2008 98 £780
Vina Cobos Cobos Volturno Marchiori Vineyard 2009 98 £840
Vina Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard 2006 99 £1,000
Achaval Ferrer Temporis 2008 98 £720

El Enemigo is the ground-breaking venture formed by Adrianna Catena, the youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena and Alejandro Vigil, the Chief Winemaker of Bodega Catena Zapata for the last 13 years. Nicolas Catena Zapata remains at the forefront of the vanguard of Argentinean Malbec, his pioneering vision has elevated the region’s wines worldwide. He introduced European viticultural techniques to Argentina, including French oak barrels, drip irrigation and low yielding cutting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – devoting himself to perfecting high altitude vine growing.

El Enemigo represents the passion and vision of their new generation, a continuation of innovation and drive for excellence, their leading wine Gran Enemigo Gualtallary is a single vineyard plot, located in Tupungatito, the northernmost sub-region of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The sub-region boasts incredible altitude, with its very own volcano, which erupted in 1987; as such the soil abounds with deep Calcareous matter perfect for growing Malbec and Cabernet Franc at high altitude, 1430 metres in the case of the Gualtallary vineyard.

In 2012 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary is a blend of 100% Cabernet Franc. He also considers Gualtallary to be the new Eldorado, capable of Grand Cru level vineyards that can compete with the greatest wines in the world. Adrianna and Alejandro have chosen to utilise such a high preponderance of Cabernet Franc in honour of an old Pomerol style and with 98+ points it competes with the greatest wines of Pomerol. Guitierrez notes that ‘This reminded me of my favorite Bordeaux, Lafleur, because of the elegance, the refinement of the tannins and length. It has citric, effervescent acidity that makes you salivate.’

If you want to own the finest wines from around the world this is a must have wine; if you love great Argentinian this is for you, if you love Pomerol then fill your boots. In fact, it is hard to find a reason not to buy this 98+ point wine which costs £47 a bottle!