Bodegas Jimenez Landi 'Sotorrondero', Mentrida, Spain, 2010
"The 2010 Sotorrondero in a blend of 75% Garnacha from younger vines, though still 40-50 years old, and 25% Syrah from 12-year-old vines. The fermentation takes place in steel with malolactic in 300 or 500-liter barrels. It has a fresh, lifted bouquet of dark cherry, crushed strawberry and dark chocolate that is well defined and focused. The palate has a dash of white pepper on the entry as well as layers of chocolate-tinged dark berry fruit with a keen thread of acidity, although it finishes just a little abruptly. Nevertheless, this is a highly satisfying, full-bodied wine."
Garnacha 75%, Syrah 25%
Jiménez-Landi seeks balance, freshness, finesse, elegance and depth. They look for wines that represent their nature and the typicality of the soils, varieties and surroundings. These winemakers work with native yeasts from their vineyards, chemical-free. They utilize interventionist methods to make honest wines to the area, and to the surrounding natural landscape.