the discovery of the tasting
. the head of Catena Zapata and the daughter of Nicolas Catena teamed up to create a delicious, sexy, red blend that has subtle floral and spice notes that will make you weak in the knees, oh, and, gorgeous tannins to boot. Best of all, it is ready to drink now! None of that frustrating waiting here; you can pour a glass as soon as it gets there! Or, you can admire it for several years to come. With that first glass, we would have roasted figs stuffed with bacon and blue cheese for everybody. Be sure to make enough, because they will
fly off the platter. Because we've had some very chilly mornings and evenings of late, we're hankering for braised short ribs over creamy polenta. This Gran Enemigo is perfect for the heady flavors of the dish. Its black, ripe fruit will work beautifully with the sauce that's been coming together for hours. For the great tannins of the wine, we would grill up rib lamb chops and top each with a spoonful of fresh pesto after you plate them. If it's a non-fussy night at home, you can't go wrong with charcuterie burgers done on the grill, topped with a Sriracha mayo and some tart pickle slices. The gentle heat of the mayo and the saltiness of the pickles opposite the juicy fruit of the wine could inspire applause. We're clapping right now just thinking about the combination! You've heard the saying, right? Keep your friends close, but this Enemigo closer. Cheers!
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:
"The 2008 El Gran Enemigo Malbec contains small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in its blend. It has a dense purple color and an alluring nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, lavender, a hint of balsamic, and black cherry. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and voluptuous, this layered, spicy offering mandates 3-4 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2023+. El Enemigo is the project of Alejandro Vigil, the head winemaker at Catena Zapata." Dec 2011
"The nose presents sweet aromas of black, ripe fruits with hints of vanilla and chocolate, which appear after the oak ageing. The mouthfeel is sweet with structured, persistent tannins due to the natural acidity of this wine, leading into an excellent long finish. This wine pairs well with grilled meat, cheese, or slow roasted beef dishes."
London, September 18, 2009 - Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena walked back from the Argentine Embassy in London where Nicolas Catena had just received the Decanter Man of the Year Award among a group of dear friends from around the world. The Thames River was covered with mist as Adrianna began to tell Alejandro about the importance of the Thames Valley on royal power in Medieval England.
Adrianna is an historian finishing her Ph.D. in Medieval History at Oxford University; Alejandro, a soils engineer, has been chief winemaker at Catena Zapata for the last 13 years. They share a mutual fascination with the writers Dostoyevsky and Cortazar, a passion for the Hellenic Philosophers, a love for music and photography, and a deep, obsessive dedication to their young families - Adrianna's son Antonio and Alejandro's daughter Guiliana are exactly the same age.
On that walk, Alejandro and Adrianna decided to make a wine together, a wine that would represent their deep respect for history and tradition, and their complete irreverence towards the status quo.
El Enemigo (The Enemy): "In the spectrum of people who pay attention to detail, winemakers are often incredibly detail-oriented. This can sometimes spill over to become an internal battled, and, as Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena state, "We are our own worst enemy." El Enemigo pays homage to this internal struggle."
||80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot
||18 months in 225L French & American oak (35% new) barrels, further refining in bottle for 12 months
||Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
We went to a fantastic industry event in New York City a few weeks back, and this El Enemigo Gran Enemigo was