2009 Jimenez-Landi "Pielago" Garnacha Mentrida

SKU #1107179 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pielago is a cuvee of 100% Garnacha aged 14 months in 500 and 1500-liter French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an enthralling nose of cassis, Asian spices, incense, lavender, black raspberry, and black cherry. Velvety on the palate with exceptional volume and precision balance, this succulent, full-flavored effort can be approached now but will drink well for a decade.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

For anyone who is curious to discover what the best producers in Spain can achieve with Grenache-based wines, they need not look further than the excellent range of wines from Jimenez Landi, located in the D.O. of Mentrida, near the town of Toledo. Here, Garnacha thrives, and is vinified separately according to the characteristics of various vineyard plots. Based upon seven sandy plots of vines varying from 40-70 years of age, this wine is produced from organically grown, hand harvested, grapes which undergo a 2-7 day cool maceration prior to fermentation. They are then are often fermented whole-cluster (30-100%, depending on each vine's fruit) only with native yeasts, in 500 to 1500 liter barrels of French oak. With its generous yet bright, licorice scented red fruit aromas, as well as a beautiful, thick texture offset by delicious, tangy fruit on the palate. I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for an example of the world's best Grenache. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5