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The most delicate, transparent, and ethereal red from the Comando G range, Las Umbrías comes from the first vineyard Dani and Fer started working. Fruit comes from a small vineyard in the village of Rozas de Puerto Real, this half a hectare of 60-year-old Garanacha grown on granite soils yields wines with great poise and elegant floral character. Like its siblings it is remarkably pale in colour but incredibly perfumed. On the palate, subtle red fruit flavours are deftly balanced by fine tannin and a mineral acidity. It finishes with very clean and focused flavours and a salty twist.
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.