Commando G La Bruja De Rozas, Garnacha, Spain
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. We also have a limited supply of their Rozas 1er Cru, a single vineyard garnacha, that is also receiving great praise. Ask in the shop or call for details.
“I tasted a very young and recently bottled 2018 La Bruja de Rozas, their village Garnacha from the village of Las Rozas de Puerto Real. It’s from a vintage that feels very complete and balanced and delivered very healthy grapes, good yields and grapes with ripe flavors and very good freshness. The wine is juicy but also sharp and mineral, backward and nuanced; it’s shy now, but it has great depth and is finely knitted, textured, mineral and salty. I think this will surpass the already-amazing 2016. It fermented and matured in oak vats of different sizes, yet there is such purity of fruit and the wine is so intense that the oak is completely transparent. I had the chance to drink this wine on repeated occasions, as I find it has an unbeatable price for the quality. It’s a more complete version of the 2016—it’s pale, bright and transparent, spicy, elegant, nuanced, juicy but complex, with not only fruit but also violets and an herbal side, and it’s characterful and a bit funky with finesse and a texture of chalk and granite. Like a Poulsard from Chambolle. High drinkability with aging potential” – 93+ Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker.com
“A very seductive warming wine with starwberry and red cherry fruits set off by a touch of spice and refreshing acidity. A full-bodied wine to serve with slow-cooked rabbit stew or a venison casserole”– John Wilson, Irish Times, November 2020
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