Alcohol Grade: 14.5%
Aging/ Vinification: Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation and a long maceration followed by five months in 500 liter foudre – basically the same practices used in their single vineyard wines.
Best to have it: 14-16ºC
Production: 12,900 bottles
Ratings: Luis Gutierrez for Robert Parker 95 points, James Suckling 97, Guía Peñín 93
The Winery: Comando G
A short distance from Madrid, the rugged, weathered peaks of the Sierra de Gredos serve as a refreshingly cool retreat from the heat and the bustle of the capital. Ancient hilltop towns and cottages dot the tortured landscape of alpine meadows, tumbled boulders and thick scrub brush. Clustered around this rocky spine are several DOs most notably Mentrida and Viños de Madrid which are best known for producing reliably inexpensive and simple country wines to slake the thirst of the capital. But viticulture in Spain is ancient and tenacious, so the adventurous can also find vineyards planted in the most impossible places including rockfalls and natural amphitheaters high up in the most remote parts of the mountains.
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.