The El Hombre Bala Tinto comes from small plots of old vines around the Cadalso de los Vidrios area of Gredos, planted in poor weathered granite soils with a sandy texture and a high content of quartz and silica.
Alcohol Grade: 14.5%
Aging/ Vinification: After a hand harvest, the whole clusters begin natural fermentation, and are then pressed gently after 35-40 days. During this time, the only ‘pump overs’ done are with watering cans of the wine, keeping the process as gentle and uninterrupted as possible. The wine then rests for 14 months in old French wood of 400 and 700 liters, is fined and lightly filtered, and then lays in bottle for 6 months before release.
Best to have it: 14-16ºC
Production: 20,149 bottles
Ratings: Luis Gutierrez for Robert Parker 93 points, James Suckling 92 pts, WA 92 pts.
The Producer: Comando G for Uvas Felices
Uvas Felices collaborated and joined forces with Comando G in 2010 to create wines from old vine plots throughout the Sierra de Gredos mountains (to the west of Madrid). This region still only carries the D.O. status of Vinos de Madrid, but has a unique and remarkable history of its own, with very old and deep soils of sand and gravel that are chock full of quartz and silica. This coupled with a cooler mountain climate with an elevation of 600 and 1100 meters, Gredos is all about the resurgence and rediscovery of this incredible terroir for primarily Garnacha, and Albillo Real. The naturally low yields of these unique vineyards clearly require special attention, with only organic work done by hand, and letting the natural beauty and character of the grapes showcase themselves with natural fermentations and very little intervention in the winery. Under the watchful eyes and skilled expertise of Comando G, the gorgeous vines and grapes of Uvas Felices have everything they need to become the breathtaking wines that rest in their two labels: El Hombre Bala & Agricola de Cadalso.
Commando G is a wine-making project created by good friends Fernando García and Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi (from Bodegas Jimenez-Landi). They are part of the New Spain, some would even say leading it. A movement that is reviving and recultivating ancient vines of forgotten or undervalued native Spanish grape varieties. Today they have discovered and own 10 hectares of very old Garnacha vines which they farm organically and biodynamically in the Sierra de Gredos Area. Their efforts and those of others pioneers have put Spanish Grenache on the world wine map and comparable to some of the best from Southern Rhone.