We got a late start this year with our wine of the month posts, but this heat reminded me that it’s always Chardonnay weather in California. Many of you may know of this winery, as we have carried their Cabernet Franc in the past. When you think South American wines, Malbec is usually the first varietal that comes to mind. However, this Chardonnay, might start giving people a moment’s pause. The wine is a collaboration between Catena winemaker Alejandro Vigil and the youngest Catena daughter, Adrianna, Bodegas Aleanna. If you’ve tried Catena wines, you know that they are some of the world’s finest wines and usually at a fraction of the cost of their Napa counterparts. This wine is no exception as it offers a great value for someone looking to try a new Chardonnay that won’t break the bank. Come in and grab a bottle or two for this Super Bowl Weekend or Vallentine’s Day.
$19.99 per bottle – Remember save 10% when you buy six or more 750 ml bottles.
97 points James Suckling
This is another rock-star Chardonnay from here with dried-apple, pear-skin, crushed-stone and peach-pit character. Full body. Creamy texture. Phenolic form and a long, flavorful finish.”
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The textbook 2018 El Enemigo Chardonnay had varietal aromas and notes from the barrel, giving it a very attractive profile. But there is a secret: the barrels develop some flor yeasts in the style of Jerez (or Jura) and this gives the wine a spicy twist, hints of curry and white pepper. The wine is silky and the very high acidity is not noticeable. This is a great commercial success, and at the price, it offers great value.