El Enemigo

Semillón

2020
Mendoza
Argentina
Say It
El Ay-nay-MEE-go Say-mee-YONG
Varietal
Sémillon
$27
Size
750ml
Quality
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COLOR
Pale Gold
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13.5%
GRAPE(S)
Sémillon
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Why this wine made the cut…
Who knew that 100 percent Semillon could be this good, and at this price?
Mendoza, Argentina
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Sémillon
100% Say-mee-YON
Sémillon is grown throughout the world but is most famous for its role as a blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc in White Bordeaux and the sweetest wine in the world, Sauternes. Sémillon is fuller-bodied, round, and less acidic than Sauvignon Blanc, with an almost waxy, texture bringing some weight, and a lemony and sometimes a smoky quality to blends.
Country / State
Argentina
Region
Mendoza
Producer
El Enemigo
Winemaker(s)
Alejandro Vigil
Vintage
2020
El Enemigo's VineyardsEl Enemigo's Vineyards

El Enemigo

Mendoza, Argentina

El Enemigo, or The Enemy, founded by winemaker Alejandro Vigil and historian Adrianna Catena, is located in the Vista Flores district in Tunuyán, in the Uco valley, a high altitude location known for winemaking in Mendoza. The majority of vineyards are situated along the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains, with the Tunuyan River located just below. 

El Enemigo's Chickens in VineyardEl Enemigo's Chickens in Vineyard
El Enemigo's VineyardsEl Enemigo's Vineyards

The terroir is defined by extremes. The high-altitude averages 3,300 feet above sea level, there is plentiful sun during the day, but cool nights, given the exposure.  The intense sun and the desert-like dry conditions help ripen grapes, while the colder nights and Alpine winds extend the growing season.

The diurnal temperature swings help make intense red wines like Malbec, with a level of elegance, complexity, and acidity that speaks to the terroir.