Rozas 1er Cru 2018 95pts WA
Sierra de Gredos, Spain
ETA AUGUST 2020
This 2018 got a huge score - 95 pts WA. Yes, the cost is up unfortunately, and my profit % is down, but that's what happens with these wines. 3 years ago I could buy whatever single vineyard I wanted, El Norte included in that. Part of that is popularity but I also think they are holding some back at the winery and reserving it for restaurants, etc.
The 2018 vintage was hot and dry with a crazy frost early in the growing season that limited the fruit set and thus the crop from the start. 2018 had good late spring and early summer rains to charge the soils and vines for a warmer and drier end of summer and a long, dry, cool and very pleasant fall harvest.
95 Points Robert Park Wine Advocate
The 2018 Rozas 1er Cru is from a much better year that produced perfect ripeness of the grapes and therefore much better parameters (alcohol, pH and acidity). Within the freshness and seriousness of 2018, this is very open, expressive and spicy, like an upgrade from the La Bruja de Rozas, though not quite reaching the finesse of Las Umbrías. It's tasty and long and has something herbal (fennel, celery), a salty touch, a little rust and a very mineral texture, with the grainy granite and finer chalk. It improves tremendously in the glass, which gives me an idea that the wine is going to improve in bottle. 2018 is a great vintage that is going to require a little more time to express its full potential. This is often the best value of the winery.
The Premier Cru
As the name implies, the wine is more serious with more layers of complexity, structure and more minerality. Of all of the Comando G wines, this is the one I buy the most of. Comando G surpassed the 2016 Rozas 1er Cru. 2018 is a really good vintage for these wines. The little wine Rozas de Brujas, and what's amazing is that it combined quality with QUANTITY! The wines are better than ever across the board, with incredible freshness, precision and detail.
APPELLATION: Vinos de Madrid
VARIETY: 100% Garnacha
AGE OF VINES: 55-65
FARMING: Practicing organic and biodynamic
SOIL: Sandy granite
ALTITUDE: 900 meters
FERMENTATION: Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in open vats, 40-60 day maceration
AGING: 12 months in 30-40HL oak vats
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.
Daniel Landi and Fernando Garcia, friends since college, found themselves working in the area bounded by the Sierra de Gredos: Dani at his family’s estate, Bodegas Jimenez-Landi and Fernando at Bodega Marañones. Drawn to the mountains and rumors of small, nearly inaccessible vineyard plots located high in the Sierra de Gredos, over time they began purchasing and leasing the best sites they could find, creating their own project, Comando G in 2008. Along with many of the new innovators in the Priorat, Dani and Fernando are 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.