2013 Bodegas Aleanna "Gran Enemigo" Cabernet Franc Agrelo

SKU #1391774 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The nose of the 2013 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is an explosion of exotic spices and smoke, a mixture of an Argentinean asado and a Moroccan bazaar! Incense, clove, cardamom, curry and smoke. It's Cabernet Franc with 15% Malbec taken from 2.5 hectares in Catena's La Pirámide vineyard around the winery. The palate has a salty twist. This was sourced from deep clay soils. It matured in old oak foudres for 15 months. (LG)  (6/2018)

93 points Vinous

 (from deep, cold clay soil with a high mineral content, the same vineyard that provides the Cabernet Sauvignon for Catena's top-of-the-line Nicolas Catena Zapata blend): Bright ruby-red. Highly nuanced, musky scents of currant, tobacco leaf, licorice and flowers. Boasts outstanding sophistication of texture, with perfectly integrated acidity giving energy and cut to the pungent dark berry flavors. A repeating floral element adds lift and inner-mouth perfume. This elegant, fine-grained wine finishes with firm tannins and palate-saturating length. It needs time. (ST)  (7/2017)


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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5