Daniel Gomez Jimenez-Landi
Friday, October 19, 2018 in News
Gredos Garnacha from Dani Landi
We are proud to add the Garnachas of Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi to the Langton’s portfolio. One half on the Comando G duo, Dani Landi makes Sierra de Gredos Garnacha inspired by Domaine Roulot in Burgundy and Château Rayas in the Rhône. History, philosophy and politics aside, his wines are made for pure pleasure. See the range here.
DANIEL GOMEZ JIMENEZ LANDI Cantos del Diablo Grenache, Sierra de Gredos, Castilla Y Leon 2015
Villages and 1er cru Garnachas
Dani Landi is something of a celebrity in El Real de San Vicente in the Valle del Tiétar, south of the Gredos. Around the village, he farms his small plots of old Garnacha and the wine labels lead with the name of the place where the grapes are grown. Dani Landi started out in 2007 in the family wine business, with a growing history in the Gredos for generations. In 2012, he struck out on his own due to differences in opinion on the direction of the family business. He started making wines under his own name and today he produces just over 15,000 bottles a year.
Wines which are subject to increasing global demand, it’s getting harder to get these every year. He currently produces four wines, Las Uvas de la Ira, a Village-style blend of Garnachas from El Real de San Vicente and three single-vineyard 1er cru wines: Las Iruelas from El Tiemblo, Cantos del Diablo from El Real de San Vicente and El Reventón from Cebreros. El Reventón is the only vineyard Dani owns, the others he rents.
Dani’s wines are farmed around the town of El Real de San Vicente in the Valle del Tiétar, which lies south of the Gredos along the edges of the Méntrida DO. These place names take prime position on Dani’s labels, acknowledging a desire to express a sense of place with as much precision as possible. From valley to village to individual plot, each bottle is clearly traceable to the piece of land it represents.
For those who know Dandi Landi’s other Garnachas (Comando G) or his fellow winemaker Fernando Garcia’s Marañones Garnachas, his wines will have a ring of the familiar. But they are different. Yes, the wines are high-altitude, hand-made, honest-as-the-day-is-long Sierra de Gredos new wave Garnachas, but these wines like those single-site wines in Burgundy or the Rhône, express the sense of place. And while being quite sophisticated, there is pure pleasure in the drink. Don’t sip, just drink it. You won’t nod in approval, you shout ‘yes!’ That’s what Dani Landi is trying to achieve and succeeding in the most comprehensive yet understated way.
DANIEL GOMEZ JIMENEZ LANDI Las Iruelas Grenache, Sierra de Gredos, Castilla Y Leon 2015
Tasting the wines
At our tasting at Langton’s HQ, we looked at three wines - the Las Uvas de la Ira 2016 (a village blend of Garnachas), the Las Iruelas Garnacha 2013 (single-site, 1er Cru) and the Cantos del Diablo Garnacha 2015 (single-site, 1er Cru).
First up, we tasted the Las Uvas de la Ira or, to translate, ‘the grapes of wrath’. The wine had a little time in our wine cabinet and fifteen minutes to stand. On the nose, the wine was super fresh, fragrant and full of ripe red berries. On the palate, it was another punnet of juicy red berries with firm tannins and lovely line of acid. Haut village class.
Second, we tasted the Las Iruelas Garnacha 2013. Not to preempt the next tasting note but this was the hit of the three. A couple of years of bottle age and the wine had developed a brilliant cherry cola note but kept all of the incredible freshness.
Lastly, we tasted Cantos del Diablo 2015. The wine is very approachable now and, given the potential shown by the 2013 Las Iruelas, it will develop and overdeliver in a few years. There’s bright red cherry, strawberry and raspberry on the nose and there’s even more on the palate, the tannins are grippy there’s some hint of the whole bunch.
If you’re interested in adding these incredible wines to your collection, you can find our Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi here.