RKS Wine: El Enemigo 2017 Single Vineyard La Esperanza Bonarda

The bottle is definitely old school. Heavy tonnage. Not exactly carbon neutral!

It has a dense black cherry colour. On the nose its very tight fisted holding on to its aromas like a bargain shopper hunting the bins for a 70% discounted wine. But you can’t snuff out the black cherry, black plum, toasted coconut, blueberry with a twist of coal. On the palate there are moderate tannins but the wine is tight and compact like the U.S. First Division Marines marching at boot camp on Parris Island. There is some cherry, raspberry pie, black pepper, black licorice and Mexican cactus pear intertwined with lavender. Medium finish to this full-bodied wine. Given the serious nature of the wine it is not really a sipping wine but would pair well with high quality grilled Argentinian beef or with a full range if eats at an Argentinian asador. A nice cut of more anti-biotic North American jacked beef would do nicely.

This dense and compact wine will sail nicely into 2026 as its tight clenched fist may be pried open with age like Charlton Heston’s cold dead hand clutching his firearm to the delight of the National Rifle Association.

(El Enemigo Single Vineyard La Esperanza Bonarda 2017, Mendoza, Argentina, Piedemonte Al Sur, Mendoza, Argentina, $21.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 629782, 13.5%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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