The grapes come from vines planted over 40 years ago in Finca Asti, situated in Las Paredes in San Rafael, Mendoza, around 750 meters above sea level. The grapes for Enzo 2012 were hand-harvested in small 30-40 lb. picking lugs and specially sorted prior to crushing to eliminate any unripe or compromised fruit. After destemming but before pumping into the fermentation tanks, a second sorting removed pieces of stems and fruit not fully colored and a roller pressing took place. The wine went through classical fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and cold maceration for 48 hours, with frequent pump-over. Total time on skins was 25 to 30 days. The wine spent 18 months in 100-percent new oak (80-percent French oak and 20-percent American barrels). After stabilization, filtering and bottling, the final wine was bottled-aged an additional 24 months.
Deep red in color with violet hues, there are aromas of black pepper, sweet peppers and paprika. A soft minty sensation from the Cabernet Franc, and the fruity notes of Malbec and Petite Verdot, combine to form the backbone of this round and velvety vintage of Enzo. It has ample mouthfeel and a harmony of mixed tannins that provide structure and volume.
Serve at room temperature as a perfect accompaniment to red meats
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, July 2016