Described by Luis Gutiérrez as 'a great new addition to Gredos', we are excited to have one of 'Vitícola Mentridana' critically acclaimed new bottlings to share. Previously vinified exclusively by Dani, this new take on the famed Cantos del Diablo vineyard is thrilling to drink. 2020 is also described as 'more in the Comando G style'.
Something new and exciting for fans of Dani Landi's Comando G wines! Dani has teamed up with his good friend, and equally talented winemaker, Curro Bareño (of Fedellos do Couto fame in Ribeira Sacra) to make his Cantos del Diablo vineyard under a new label 'Vitícola Mentridana'.
The grapes for the 2020 Cantos del Diablo were picked a little earlier to avoid the rains, and the wine has a paler color than the 2021 I tasted next to it. It feels a little more reductive, and despite having very similar analytics, this is more about the palate with depth and length, while the 2021 is more aromatic and ethereal. This was vinified by Landi and is more in the Comando G style; the 2021 was vinified by Bareño, and the wine is more Fedellos. Different styles but similar (high) quality levels. 1,680 bottles and 40 magnums were filled in Mach 2022.
The Sierra de Gredos is an area of rugged granite peaks, forests and hilltop towns southwest of Madrid. The combination of high altitude, free-draining granitic soils, and a long growing season gives it a unique micro-climate. Vines cling to scree-slopes like mountain goats, many of these sites were abandoned decades ago, but a new generation of growers is rediscovering them.
Dani Landi was one of the pioneers working with the old vines here, making elegant, mineral wines, that are redefining what was previously viewed as a workhorse variety into something that can rival the elegance and finesse of some of the world’s most sought-after reds.
Curro Barreño, one half of the brilliant Ribeira Sacra project Fedellos, also grew up in this area. He’s a childhood friend of Dani, sharing many bottles together and winemaking influences.
Since 2021 Curro has taken over responsibility for Dani’s vineyards in Méntrida, and is making wines under the Vitícola Mentridana label. Curro’s building on Dani’s meticulous foundations, interpreting the vineyards, and working with a light touch in the winery. Curro is happy to have come home to make wine in the area where he grew up, and to see the evolution of wines in the area which are becoming modern classics, graceful wines we love to drink.
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