2009 Jimenez-Landi "El Reventon" Garnacha vino de la tierra de Castilla y Leon (Previously $70)
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, in this case a single plot of very old vine Garnacha grown in schist. This wine is produced from organically grown, hand harvested, grapes, which undergo a 2-7 day cool maceration prior to fermentation, and 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. This very old vine expression shows more licorice, mineral, and orange peel aromas typical of Spanish Garnacha, as well as a very well defined darker fruit profile. While this winery is too young to say so definitively, I suspect that this wine will age quite well for at least another decade plus. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer).