2019 Sotorrondero 91WA
Bodega Jimenez Landi
Sierra do Gredos, Spain
$29.99 reg US Low
$26.99 on 6+ (code: 6saves3)
Varieties: Grenache 85%, Syrah 15%
Sotorrondero is derived from 5 hectares of vines in two plots aged 40 and 70 years old, at 750 and 850 meters (2,800 feet) above sea level on sandy granite soils of siliceous origin in the Gredos village of Real De San Vicente. Farming is all organic in an extreme continental climate of very cold winters and very hot and dry summers.
A strict sorting table selection of bunches and grapes - grapes with stems 70% and destemmed 30%. Cold pre-maceration for 4 days. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and controlled temperature between 15 and 22 degrees. Macerations of between 20 and 30 days depending on plots and tanks. Gentle extractions by pumping over and delastage.
91 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2019 Sotorrondero mixes Garnacha from Gredos (Real de San Vicente) and 15% Syrah from Méntrida and is round, juicy, ripe and fresh with clean aromas and flavors of wild berries and herbs and very fine and slightly dusty, chalky tannins. Very pleasant, with a soft mouthfeel and a clean, focused finish with a smoky bacon note. It fermented with full clusters and matured in oak containers of different sizes for one year. 10,986 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2021.
My Tasting Note
A med/med+ ruby-purple core. The nose is filled with mixed red to dark red fruits of cherry, blackberry, and currants. Subtle notes of spice come from the 70% stem inclusion and the syrah fruit. The highlight of the bouquet are these lifted and very aromatic floral tones that bring to mind violets and lilac florals, it adds an elegance and extra boost of complexity and draws the nose back a lot to get another whiff. On the palate, the wine is fresh, with excellent depth and length of flavors that sails into a sneaky, long, persistent and fresh finish. The acidity is more med+ than med, as are the fine, youthfully perceptible tannin. The body also feels perfectly in-between medium and med+. Delicious, complex, and a long, pretty finish, whats not to like?