Las Uvas de La Ira is made in Méntrida with old Garnacha vines. A village wine that expresses the identity and typicity of the place where it is born, El Real de San Vicente, one of the towns that make up the Sierra de Gredos. In this 2020 Vintage, the grapes were picked before the abundant rains in mid-September, since it is a warmer place than other towns in Gredos.
The name “Grapes of Wrath” which refers to the tumultuous separation of family property.
Alcohol Grade: 15%
Aging/ Vinification: after harvesting the grapes by hand the fruit is fermented in three vats: a direct pressing of the whole clusters 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.
Best to have it: 14-16ºC
Production: 11,546 bottles
Ratings: Decanter 95, WA 93,
The Producer: Daniel Gomez Jimenez-Landi
Daniel Landi is a native of Méntrida.
Growing up in a family of vineyard owners and farmers, he knew he wanted to do more than grow bulk grapes and sell them to the local cooperative. Instead, he envisioned making wines from his family’s vineyards.
For many years he was the winemaker at Bodegas Jimenez-Landi a company he formed with his cousin but in he left in 2012 to create his own eponymous label. In doing so he kept part of his family’s inheritance as well as a few sites that he had purchased or leased himself.
All of these sites are small isolated vineyards of Garnacha and Albillo perched high up in the Sierra de Gredos. While they bear various DO designations, they are all sites with sandy weathered soils, high in elevation and meticulously and biodynamically farmed. Along with the pioneers of the Priorat, Dani is redefining what was previously viewed as a workhorse variety, Garnacha, into something that can rival the elegance and finesse of Pinot in Burgundy or Syrah in Hermitage.
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.