“GR10” Tinto 2018 92 pts WA
4 Monos Viticultores
Sierra de Gredos, Spain
Wine Advocate 92
The red 2018 GR-10 Tinto contains a little less Cariñena and Syrah (10% and 2%, respectively) and, therefore, a little more Garnacha (88%) than the 2017 I tasted next to it. 2018 is a more complete vintage, with perfect ripening of the grapes, better yields and more balance in the wines. The fermentation and élevage were similar, with native yeasts, 90% full clusters and nine months in different sized barrels and a 4,200-liter oak vat. 2018 is clearly a great vintage, very complete, and the wines have more of everything: They are still young but are going to be superb, and you should wait on them while you drink your 2017s. This is like a more complete version of 2016, perhaps a vintage that is going to require more time. This is drinkable, but it's going to get better in bottle. It's ironic how in a great year the grapes are perfect, you work less, you get more wine and the result is better!
4 Monos is a 40,000-bottle project in Gredos started by a group of four friends—Javier García Alonso (brother of Fernando García of Comando G and Marañones), Laura García Robles, David Moreno Calvo and David Velasco Esgueva. They own 5.1 hectares of vineyards (two of Albillo, the rest Garnacha), rent a further three and buy some grapes from locals. They work with grapes from the villages of Cadalso de los Vidrios, where they have their winery, San Martín de Valdeiglesias and Cenicientos. They are still on the way up, and each vintage seems to be better than the previous one. The 2017s are harmonious and keep the freshness in a much warmer year than 2016 or 2018.