2015 4 Monos, Vino de la Sierra de Gredos Tinto, Vinos de Madrid, Spain.
4 Monos Viticultores is a group of four friends, “Four Monkeys” from just outside Madrid in Cadalso de los Vidrios, comprised of winemaker Javier Garcia (also the head winemaker at Méntrida icon Bodegas Jiménez-Landi), co-winemaker Laura Robles, wine-lover David Velasco, and vineyard holder David Moreno, making organic wines from high elevation vineyards in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range. The 4 Monos 2015 Vino de la Sierra de Gredos Tinto Vinos de Madrid is beautiful and textured red that is vibrant with lifting acidity made from old bush vines made up of 85% Garnacha, 8% Carinena (Carignane) and 7% Morenillo (a very rare varietal that is almost extinct found mainly in Terra Alta) fermented in built in cement vats with cool macerated grapes, 50% whole clusters, native/wild yeast ferments and aged for about 9 months in neutral/used barrels of various sizes. This wine, from a unique terroir and granite based soils, is very expressive with a nice perfume, spices and red/black fruits that flows in a seamless Tinto with lavender, crushed rose petals, peppercorns, flinty mineral notes and a fruit core of raspberry, pomegranate, kirsch/candied cherry and black plums along with light notes of star anise, chalky stones and a hint of wild sage. This ripe and medium bodied Garnacha has the beauty and style of a fine Gigondas, but comes across finessed, with great detail and delicacy, imported by Jose Pastor Selections, this is what the “New Spain” is all about, lovely stuff, drink now.
($26 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive

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