El Enemigo Malbec 2019
It's always interesting to compare different vintages of the same wine, in this case the 2019 Malbec with the following two years. It has 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot in the blend and only 13.5% alcohol while retaining very good acidity. The grapes were sourced from Gualtallary and were co-fermented. This is varietal with an herbal twist, serious, subtle and mineral with austerity and elegance, reflecting a very balanced and good year. It's medium-bodied, nicely textured and has a chalky texture from the limestone soils. 35,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020 after 15 months in ancient oak foudres. Superb!
The 2019 Malbec contains 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all from the Uco Valley, and was aged for 15 months in foudres. Purple in color. The complex nose presents fresh plum with hints of sour cherry, herbs and aromas from the aging process. In the mouth, it's a little chalky with mild freshness and refined tannins. A relaxed, delicate, rewarding wine.
A concentrated and suave style, with pepper- and graphite-laced plum and black cherry flavors that gather some muscle toward the finish, adding details of toasted herbs and violet on the finish around fine tannins. Drink now. 2,600 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.