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El Tamboril is a remarkable example of an elegant Spanish white to rival those of Germany and Burgundy. A blend of Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Gris, the grapes come from a tiny vineyard of 0.2 hectares of planted on sandy quartz and granite at 1,230m in altitude. Hand harvested and whole cluster pressed directly into concrete eggs for a natural yeast fermentation, followed by 10 months in a neutral French oak. A complex white that unfurls in the glass, with a gently floral nose and a palate bursting with preserved citrus and stone fruit, along with hints of dried and lees-spice.
Daniel Landi and Fernando García have been friends since college. Successful winemakers in their own right – Dani at his family’s estate, Bodegas Jimenez-Landi and Fer at Bodega Marañones - in 2008 they started a winemaking project together: Comando G. Along with the pioneers of Priorat, Dani and Fer are redefining Garnacha, previously viewed as a workhorse variety, into something that can rival the elegance and finesse of Burgundian Pinot Noir or Syrah in the northern Rhône.
The duo work with several small, isolated plots perched high up in the mountainous Sierra de Gredos to create truly unique, terroir-expressive wines. The vineyards that Daniel and Fernando have assembled are all farmed biodynamically, with vines ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old. According to Wine Advocate writer Luis Gutierrez, "they improve their vineyards from the moment they buy or rent them [...] The quality of their wines is what they strive to improve the most, and the results are there.”
In the winery their winemaking is considered and precise, gently coaxing out the delicate balance of fruit character and terroir from each site. It is this commitment to a sense of place, nuance, and finesse that make their wines among the most compelling in Spain.