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Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo "Gualtallary" Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina)
Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc


 
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Limited Release - One bottle per customer

98 Points - Wine Advocate
Bodega Aleanna is a joint venture of Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena, winemaker and youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena. The Wine making is spread between the Catena family winery in the Uco Valley and Alejandro's own barrel room in his garden of Chachingo - The Republic. They used to ferment all of their wines in old barriques and old wood vats to avoid excessive influence of the oak in the wines. However, they are now moving toward cement vats and using 225-liter barrels and in 4,000-liter, 100-year-old foudres to age their wines.

Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo "Gualtallary" Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc is created from 85% Cabernet France and 15% Malbec from their Gualtallary vineyard, located at 1,480 meters above sea level with 12,000 plants per hectare and pure granite and calcite soil on the ground. The result is a deep purple colored wine with red highlights, offering intense and elegant aromas of sweet spices, black pepper, cherry and raspberry with underlying notes of eucalyptus and thyme. The full-bodied palate is complex with sweet impact of structured tannins and additional notes of ripe black fruits, chocolate and vanilla. Hint of sweet spice lingers through the long, persistent finish. This wine was made in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties.

"The 2010 was a hard act to follow, and the 2011 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard had to fulfill great expectations. There is less color in this 2011 (I popped a bottle of the 2010 for comparison) and more notes reminiscent of Cabernet Franc (Alejandro Vigil harvested even earlier in 2010), because it is mostly Cabernet Franc from a very chalky vineyard in Gualtallary at 1,430 meters altitude that fermented together with a small percentage of Malbec. 50% of the volume was fermented with destemmed Cabernet Franc and full-cluster Malbec. The grapes from the most calcareous soils underwent a carbonic maceration in small bins, and after one week they are pressed and the juice finishes fermenting as if it were a white wine. The texture is very fine and the acidity seems like if it had a timer and shoots a second later than you expect it, creating a small explosion in your taste buds. That provides a very long aftertaste and almost citric flavors with a mineral, almost salty finish. At the end of the day this feels lighter but at the same time more complex than the 2010. If you want to understand what Gualtallary can do, find a bottle of this wine. It's drinkable now, but it should have a long life in bottle. At this quality level the price seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, only 3,400 bottles were produced" - Wine Advocate


Product of Argentina
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%


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