2009 Jimenez-Landi "Pielago" Garnacha Mentrida
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.
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)