Winemaking is spread between the Catena family winery in the Uco Valley and Alejandro's own barrel room in his garden of Chachingo - The Republic - where his young son rides a horse among olive trees and where dogs and chickens share the grounds with the Vigil family and the winery.
El Gran Enemigo SV Agrelo is deep purple with red highlights. Its aromas are intense and elegant. Cabernet Franc brings light notes of eucalyptus and thyme. Malbec brings notes of ripe black fruits, blackberries and black cherries. The oak aging gives a touch of chocolate and vanilla to blend. Excellent balance and elegant. This wine was made in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties.
This wine pairs beautifully with roast chicken, turkey, duck, and other game birds along with seared steak and veal.
This just pops out of the glass with perfumed and dark fruits, as well as stones and fresh herbs. Salt, too. Full-bodied, layered and tight with mineral and stone undertones. A flavorful finish. So enticing. Cabernet franc and malbec. Drink now. - James Suckling 96 points
Ripe berry aromas are touched up with cola and root-beer notes that make this even nicer. A muscular, deeply structured palate is home to herbal plum and berry flavors along with notes of coffee and dark spices. Tobacco and herbal notes take over on a complex finish. Drink this Cabernet Franc (with 15% Malbec) through 2024. - Wine Enthusiast 93 points - EDITOR’S CHOICE