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2018 Bodegas Aleanna "El Enemigo" Chardonnay Mendoza SKU #1502909

Price: $23.99

JS 97 RP 93 VN 93
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A collaboration between longtime Catena winemaker Alejandro Vigil and the youngest Catena daughter, Adrianna, Bodegas Aleanna has been receiving a massive amount of critical acclaim over the past several years for their extraordinary wines. The "El Enemigo" Chardonnay is a powerful wine, with fruit, structure, and acidity all in balance. Interestingly enough, a little bit of flor resides in the barrels where this wine ages.

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    10/27/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep, broad, inviting with intriguing nuances. From the go this wine delivers classic Chardonnay. The nose starts with apples and pears, then it transitions into what I want to call hints of sweet decadence hazelnuts and toffee and hiding behind all of that are subtle lifted aromatics basil, mint, licorice and pepper. The nose is almost like a tear drop, it starts big and round and then pulls you into a smaller finer point which then instinctively you have to take a sip and then..... Bang! The wine explodes on the palate. It is broad and rich with all of the fruit and a roundedness that you can almost call lush but the acid then pulls it back. With all of the big flavors then wine is very clean. This wine is delicious, it plays tribute to the classic Chardonnay regions (and their styles) it speaks to The how good the high elevation sites in Mendoza are for Chardonnay.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    10/27/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Remember Monte Ellis' warrior days? He never made an All-Star Game, he never contended for an other major awards, he just showed up to work, dropped 30 and rode home on his moped - This is Monte Ellis wine, you might not have heard of it if you're not a fan of the region but it's better than your current line up and it plays like it's from a major market. Pear and apple coupled with the soft but persistent wood notes and spiced, peppery, white stone core floated on a creamy, finely textured palate that finishes for days. This get's top scores every year and it's obvious why. Better than your current house wine, only trade if you get a former first rounder out of the deal that'll push you over the hump.
  • Andrew Tobin
    By: Andrew Tobin
    10/27/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Sometimes wines get points for a reason, and sometimes you understand it from the moment you pop the bottle. This is absolutely one of those wines and once again it proves why the best deals these days are coming from our friends down South! This is a monster of a Chardonnay, bright and lively and still layered and approachable. The nose is pear, apple hard candy, slight toast, a hint of green tea and some fresh basil. The palate is toasty and robust with acidity that cuts through the center to balance it out. Asian pear, dry popcorn, green tea and saline marry together in such a wonderfully cohesive way to make one of the best sub $30 bottles on our shelves!

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