El Enemigo is a joint venture between the immensely talented Alejandro Vigil, the winemaker at Catena Zapata, and wine historian Adrianna Catena, the youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena.) Straw-yellow. Ripe, oily nose conveys a sappy, salty richness and sweet oak tones. Displays a subtle tropical fruit ripeness along with some leesy complexity on the palate, then finishes surprisingly firm and minerally, with a note of nut skin. In a distinctly savory style.
I make chardonnay with a yeast covering - flor de velo or veil of flor yeast - similar to how sherry is made in the Jura - I love the floral notes and depth of those wines", says Alejandro Vigil.
The veil is a thin layer of yeasts which protects the wine from oxidation. The wine is left covered by the veil for 10 months in old barrels. You must treat the wine with the uttermost care making sure that the veil doesn't break - battonage is forbidden. Nature prevails acting in silence - the winemaker has no place here.
El Enemigo (The Enemy): At the end of the journey, we remember only one battle. The one we fought against ourselves, the original enemy. The one that defined us.