Daniel Gomez Jimenez-Landi - 'Las Uvas de la Ira' 2020
Dani Landi got his start as the winemaker at Bodegas Jimenez-Landi, a company he formed with his cousin, but he left in 2012 to create his own eponymous label. In doing so, he kept part of his family’s inheritance and a few sites that he had purchased or leased himself. Dani Landi farms vineyards both in Méntrida, located south of the Sierra de Gredos, and vineyards in the province of Ávila to the north. In Méntrida, in the village of El Real de San Vicente, Dani farms scattered plots of Albillo and Garnacha destined for his village wines – Las Uvas de la Ira Albillo and Las Uvas de la Ira Garnacha. In this same village, he also farms a sparsely planted vineyard of 60+-year-old vines of Garnacha that he inherited from his family, which is the source for Cantos del Diablo. In Ávila, Dani farms two sites: Las Iruelas in the village of El Tiemblo and El Reventón in Cebreros. Las Iruelas is a muscular Garnacha from a plot of 60+-year-old vines planted on a complex and patchy terroir of mixed clay and sandy granite, schist, and quartz. El Reventón’s schist soils are unique for a region where sandy granite soils predominate. Located in the village of Cebreros, this vineyard of Garnacha is well over 70 years of age and offers a darker and starkly wild aromatic take on Garnacha de Gredos.
All of Dani’s sites combine high altitudes, freely draining soils, and a mild and fairly humid micro-climate (ask us about shivering in the vineyards in July!) – factors that guarantee a long growing season and modest alcohol levels. The resulting wines are startlingly pale, extraordinarily aromatic, and intensely flavorful. Each site is harvested by hand, usually, in October, fermented whole cluster by indigenous yeasts in open-top French oak casks then aged in a combination of foudre, 300–700 liter French oak barrels, and clay amphorae. When not making remarkably distinct and captivating wines under his own label, he shares the duties and responsibilities of Comando G, also in the Sierra de Gredos, with Fernando Garcia.
Las Uvas de la Ira, or “The Grapes of Wrath” is a cuvée of Garnacha from several sites on granitic sands near the village of El Real de San Vicente. The vine age of these parcels averages about 60 years-old. The same care is taken with this “entry level” wine as with his single vineyard cuvées – after harvesting the grapes by hand the fruit is fermented in three vats: a direct pressing of the grapes and natural fermentation as a white wine, a short fermentation and extractive maceration, and a traditional whole cluster fermentation with long gentle maceration. The three vats are then blended and aged in foudre for 12 months.
Producer: Daniel Gomez Jimenez Landi
Region: Castilla y León
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